Eyebrows are raised when someone says they use a Chinese spider in the kitchen. The Chinese spider is actually a rather handy utensil that is used quite commonly in Asian and Dutch kitchens. A wide, shallow, mesh-wire contraption with a long handle (mostly wooden), the Chinese spider is used for removing piping hot food from a liquid (such as boiling water or oil) while making broths or deep-fried snacks.
But with large sieves and strainers easily available at most markets, you might wonder if a spider is a real asset in the kitchen. Here’s how you can use a spider in a way that benefits you while making the perfect Chinese meal:
Caring for your Chinese spider is no different from other kitchen utensils. Wash it well with soapy water. However before dipping it into hot oil, do ensure that it is fully dry as hot oil and water do not mix well.
If you’re planning a meal that includes deep-fried vegetables or meats, try using the Chinese spider. It is easy to use, and easily available in Asian markets.
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