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Steaming is a simple and healthy way to cook food as it does not require the addition of oil. Steaming can be done on a hob, with a pot containing a small amount of liquid that is brought to a simmer. The item to be cooked is then placed in a basket suspended above the liquid and the pot covered. The hot steam circulates through the pot and cooks the food very quickly. This technique is known as "compartment steaming." The bamboo steamers used in Asian cuisine are an example of a compartment steamer. Steaming preserves the flavour and results in a more nutritious food than boiling because fewer nutrients are leached away into the water, which is usually discarded.


Asians have been steaming food for decades. Nowadays steam ovens are commonplace in most kitchens. The steam cooker is also increasingly popular. However, if you do not have either a steam oven or an electric steamer, it is possible to steam food by doing the following:



1.Take a saucepan and add some water (about 5cm in depth)

2. Place a rack above the water (an inverted, heat resistant cup or bowl in the pan will also do)

3. Place a plate of Dim Sum on the rack. You can also put it in a colander as long as it above the water and not in it. (Tip: To prevent the Dim Sum from sticking to the plate, put some greaseproof paper or a lettuce leaf on the plate before adding the Dim Sum)

4. Put the pan on a high heat

5. Cover the pan as soon as the water comes to the boil 7