Daily Cooking Quest

Indonesian Kitchen

There are not a lot of kitchen tools that are specific to cooking Indonesian dishes, but there are indeed some specialized tools required to make a certain recipe, though many of these specialized tools can be hard to find outside Indonesia. The list of kitchen tools in this page are what I personally use in my kitchen, and most will be generic enough to be used to prepare many non Indonesian recipes as well.

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Appliances

Aroma Rice Cooker

We eat rice daily, for lunch and dinner, so a rice cooker always sits on my countertop.

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Ninja Blender/Food Processor and Chopper

The chopper and the 40 oz. bowl. are useful for spice paste. The pitcher is great for smoothies.

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Brod & Taylor Proofer

I make homemade tempeh with this proofer all the time. Also great for proofing bread and making yogurt.

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Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer

I use this mixer to knead bread dough, whisk egg whites, whip heavy cream, or mix cake and cookie batter.

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Bakeware

Half-Sheet Pans

These pair of aluminum half-sheet pans are so handy for baking and roasting.

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Cooling and Baking Rack

Fits inside my half-sheet pan for baking crispy bacon, chicken wings, and roast pork. A great cooling rack too.

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7-inch Angel Food Cake Pan

This aluminum half-size angel food cake pan from Wilton is a must if you want to bake Asian chiffon cakes.

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8-inch Square Cake Pan

This is the cake pan I use to get that super straight edge lapis legit cake. It's also great for ogura, butter cake, and brownies.

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Cookware

Cuisinart Multiclad Cookware Set

A set of multiclad cookware like this from Cuisinart should last you a life time. Mine has lasted for 5 years and still performs really well.

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Cuisinart Stir-Fry Pan

This is sold as a stir-fry pan, but I use this as my wok. It has a flat bottom, so much friendlier for those in the US.

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All Clad Steamer

With a 9.5-inch diameter and 4-inch deep steamer insert, it is large enough for almost all of my steaming needs. And I can use the bottom 5-quart pot as a soup pot.

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Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron cookware will last you a life time and more when properly cared. And they are going to be your best non-stick pan ever.

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Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan

For grilling on the stove, this cast iron grill pan is hard to beat. Burgers, steaks, and satays (Indonesian kebab!).

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Kitchen Tools

Global Chef Knife and Sharpener

One good chef knife is a must in any kitchen. This one has has been with me for more than 10 years. The sharpener keeps my blade sharp.

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Messermeister Ceramic Rod Knife Sharpener

This ceramic rod sharpener is a must to properly hone and maintain the alignment of your blade.

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OXO Cutting Board

A good non-slip cutting board is a must, and this one from OXO is lightweight yet does a really good job in my kitchen.

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Inomata Rice Washing Bowl

If you cook rice daily like me, you will love this rice washing bowl from Inomata. In a pinch, you can use it to wash vegetables and fruits too.

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Vollrath Mixing Bowls

Every kitchen needs a set of mixing bowls. I have this set in my kitchen and they are the best mixing bowls I ever own.

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Ozeri Kitchen Scale

I cannot function without my kitchen scale, especially for baking. This one easily converts between metric (gr) and imperial (lb/oz) units.

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Microplane Zester

A zester like this is a must to zest citrus, grate garlic or ginger, and equally good for cheeses and chocolates.

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OXO Stainless Steel Tongs

I reach for these as much as I reach for my spatulas during cooking! And this one has been with me for more than 10 years.

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Di Oro Spatulas

These spatulas are heat resistant, flexible yet strong. I use these both for cooking and for stirring cake batter.

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OXO Ladle

We eat soup daily, so I cook a lot of soup. A ladle is simply a must in my kitchen.

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Fine Mesh Skimmer

A fine mesh skimmer is the best tool to remove scums and impurities while cooking soup/broth. Works great to ladle out deep fried food too.

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Spider Strainer

When deep-frying (hello, bakwan!), a spider skimmer is your best tool to scoop out deep-fried food. And you can place it over a mixing bowl to remove excess oil.

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Oil Strainer Pot

If you don't want to throw away your oil every time you deep fry, you will love this oil pot that comes with a strainer and a lid.

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CIA Measuring Cups

A good set of measuring cups is a must. This set from CIA is professional-grade and measures accurately! You won't ever need another set.

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CIA Measuring Spoons

Just like the measuring cups, this set of measuring spoons from CIA is heavy duty, measures accurately, and should last you a life time.

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Vollrath #100 Cookie Scoop

The best tool to portion out smaller size Asian cookies (all those Chinese New Year cookies). Saves so much time and your hands will thank you.

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Bar Keepers Friend

This isn't a tool per say, but if you own a set of stainless steel pots and pans, there is nothing else that does a better job to clean them when nothing else works.

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Updated on September 9, 2019.