Category Archives: Cookware

Flatware Sterilizer

Rice cooker repurposed as flatware sterilizer.

Lao Steamed Sticky Rice

Steaming sticky rice in a bamboo basket that sits on an aluminum pot with water

Steamed in a basket, served in a basket

Aep khaoh – woven bamboo container for cooked sticky rice

Cylindrical Charcoal Briquettes

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There is life on the pavements of Hanoi that it’s not possible to use those for walking exclusively (people walk on the road in sync with vehicular traffic). The pavement is a living space where people park their motorbikes, buy and sell, worship (joss paper burning), eat, prepare food, and cook. After observing several cooking scenes, I’ve noted that people use cylindrical charcoal briquette for a stove purposely-built for it.

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Bicycle vendor selling cylindrical charcoal stoves

Beer Keg Barbecuing

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San Miguel Beer keg repurposed as barbecue grill

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Front view when closed

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Back view when closed

D’Airplane

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From what has been passed on to me, the brand name came to be because long time ago their pots and pans were really crafted from aircraft aluminum scrap. D’ Airplane is an old low-cost aluminum cookware brand that’s very common in the country and still being sold in department stores.

The Ainokura Way of Grilling

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Grilling in an Ainokura way

Trout from the mountain streams are grilled with salt in skewers over live charcoals in an almost standing position. It’s a local fare in Ainokura, a remote but very lovely mountain village in Gokayama region.

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Tastes really smoky good when cooked that I consumed two sticks

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Fish almost fully-cooked

Rice Hull Stove

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Stove designed to use rice hulls as fuel

Lumpia Wrapper Maker

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This lad was making lumpia wrapper at Iloilo Central Market

Metered Cooking

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Coin operated cooking stove in a backpacker's hotel. It's ¥10 for about 10 minutes of usage

Uling is Da King

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I bought that small sack of uling at the leftmost side and it cost 100 pesos

Most households that use LPG or electricity for cooking still rely on uling (charcoal) for grilling purposes as the resulting carbonized flavor in meat tastes so much better than those electric-grilled ones. Even the smell of charcoal-grilled isaw and other roadside skewered meat is more inviting. Hence, when it comes to inihaw food culture of the country, uling is da king.

Kalabasa Ukoy

Fritters as street food as usual (in countless variations) like this vegetable one made from squash.

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Makeshift spider strainer and wok as necessities

Puthu

Ricecake steaming via bamboo tubes similar to  puto bumbong of Philippines.
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Repurposed Rice Cooker

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Decommissioned rice cooker as charcoal stove

Bibingka Oven

A perfect bibingka is superior to any perfect pancakes out there. Whatever fruit, sauce or filling one can add to a pancake, the same can be done to a bibingka but resulting into a far more superior hot cake in taste minus the horrendous price.

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Live charcoals in that square tin pan covering the clay pan where you put the bibingka batter in banana leaf and this is placed on top of clay stove also fueled with live charcoals. Presenting the rice cake oven

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The avocado leaf-pandan leaf tea inside that kettle on the left side is given for free as an accompaniment to the rice cake

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Bibingka still in a pan. I'm happy that this unpretentious stall exist

Tandoor

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It's still early in the morning so this tandoor oven is just resting outside the still closed restoran

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In this barrel shaped clay oven, skewered seasoned chicken is being roasted and the end product is known as chicken tandoori

Bibingka Maker

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Weaved individual holders used for steaming bibingka inside a giant caldero

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Orange bowl is used to catch the batter spillage from the laddle while on its way to be poured into each bibingka holder lined with banana leaf

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Pouring the batter in the bibingka maker

Caldero on Clay Stove

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Cooking kansi in charcoal fire

Traditional Stoves

Fuel used for these stoves can be wood or charcoal.

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Turo-turo

Assortment of cooked meat or vegetables in pots or pans for sale. Just point and buy.

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Fried delights

Biomass Stove

I see this type of stove being sold in many places here in Masbate. It is made from concrete with reused steel rod as stove top.

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Heavy to lift stove

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