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The Asian Cooking Essentials You Should Always Keep in Stock

So, you want to try your hand at cooking Asian cuisine, but you’re unsure where to start? Well, look around your kitchen: Do you have the right tools and ingredients? Because Asian cuisine — in all its umami, savory glory — requires not only a handful of must-have ingredients you might otherwise not know to pick up from the grocery store, but it also calls for certain cooking utensils and vessels, from rice cookers to woks.

Asian cuisine is unique in that many dishes are spiked with a hit of salty umami flavors. And when it comes to Asian cuisine, the key is in the sauce. Typically featuring soy sauce, fish sauce or even chili sauce, Asian recipes also boast sauces such as rice vinegar and ingredients such as peanut oil — a staple cooking ingredient in Chinese, South Asian, and American cuisines.

Ahead, we’ve gathered not only the vital ingredients to always have on-hand when making Asian cuisine, but we’ve also highlighted the must-have cooking tools that’ll make certain dishes a breeze to whip up, from bamboo steamers to hot pots.

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