Many modern kitchens are converting to stainless steel and aluminum steamers as an alternative way to prepare Asian cuisines, but wood steamer sets remain the best way to reproduce an authentic taste. Six-inch bamboo steamers also make excellent serving dishes for Chinese high tea or for serving dishes that are prepared tableside. Wood steamer sets with large diameters are a necessity in commercial kitchens serving sticky rice or other grains which are dependent on surface area heat exposure during cooking. The wood's texture of these systems contributes to the circulation of steam, preventing moisture from collecting around the surface of the lid as it does with metal. Water is traditionally boiled prior to its addition to the steamer so that cooking times can be checked precisely. Wooden baskets naturally resist a certain degree of sticking. They also add their own mild flavor to dishes while omitting the need for oil and non-stick coatings. Using these baskets gives vegetables a crisper texture. After the cooking process is complete, the liquid in the bottom layer will have turned into the ideal stock to use in other Asian dishes.