For years I have used a finer mesh strainer, and still do, for so many things, but this larger wire strainer basket lifts dumplings, noodles, blanched vegetables, and more from a pot of bubbling water with ease, while the wooden handle stays touchable. You’ll wonder how you ever cooked without it. They come in many sizes – the 5” is my go-to – but I have many.
These are affordable, stackable, and easily hand out of the way. I am known to spend hours wandering the isles of Asian markets – and I take the time to do so wherever I go. This is where I find them, so I recommend a visit to one in your nearest city. You can also easily find them online.