Asian Steamers present an option for cooking health-conscious foods with a traditional Asian flair. Steamers allow cooks to create foods that are cooked thoroughly with the absence of any fat, oil or butter and still retain their vibrant colors. Natural flavors can be pulled out of the foods using this method rather than overpowered, and it is possible to cook multiple foods at once.
These inexpensive steamers are available in a variety of materials, including metal, bamboo and plastic. Bamboo steamers are the traditional choice because they provide all the key flavors and cooking capabilities of authentic Asian foods without soaking up any essential flavors. These distinct, natural flavors are a perfect compliment to fish, vegetables, meats, dim sum and other Asian foods, and also make beautiful gift baskets.
For a sturdier model, stainless steel and plastic types are available. While the unique bamboo touches are lost, these models are long-lasting and still impart the healthy and delicious touches of Asian-steamed food. Most plastic and metal steamer models are designed with the same authentic visual appeal as bamboo steamers.