Amazon.sg:Customer reviews: i-PLAYLOFT Premium Handmade Two Tier Bamboo Steamer Basket - Standard Depth - 10 Inch - Dim Sum Dumpling & Bao Bun Chinese Food Steamers - Asian Cooking Tools Set With Chopsticks & Sauce Plate
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I bought the steamer for bao, mostly, and steamed dumplings. I also bought a spacer ring so I could use various pots to hold the water. I've steamed food in it a couple of times now, and it works great. The outside DOES get hot, but it doesn't leak steam as bad as trying to use something that isn't intended for steaming. The parchment paper inserts are nice, and the leaf shaped dish is cute though I don't know if I'll need it. The chopsticks are nice quality, better than restaurant handouts. Tips: 1. Don't let the food touch the side of the steamers unless you've got parchment around the sides too. 2. Don't put the food directly on the steamer, use a parchment paper insert for easy removal. 3. Get one of the metal adapters so you can use any sort of pot to boil the water. 4. After the food is removed, wash the steamer right away, especially if some of the food managed to stick to the steamer. Use a scrub brush, not a cloth, to get the stuck food off. 5. Leave the steamer out on the counter overnight after it's cleaned so it can dry thoroughly. Don't put it all back together until it's completely dry.
My buns and dumplings came out great from this steamer, and I had no trouble getting stuck bread off the steamer because I cleaned it right away with a scrub brush.
Also, for folks who complain about splinters, understand that these hand made items are not sanded. They use knives to gut the pieces of bamboo. So if you find a splinter, that's just part of how the pieces are cut. Just trim it off and keep going. You can use a green scrubby pad in the first washing (before you cook with it the first time) to make sure there aren't any little splinters waiting to grab you.
And the pieces I got are not perfectly round--so sometimes I have to turn one piece relative to another piece to get them to fit together well for cooking and storing. Again, just the nature of being a handmade item.
If splinters and natural variability bug you and you want manufactured perfection, go get a metal steamer. If you aren't willing to hand wash and air dry before you put it in the cabinet, go get a stainless steel steamer. You'll just be happier that way.
I wasn't sure if this standard size of steamer was going to be big enough for the batches of buns we cook for my family, but it did fine. We buy frozen buns from the Asian market nearby, in various shapes, sizes, and flavors, and they all did great.
Description says no wires but mine came with bright red wires around the outside connection points. Its made in China so my concern is that it might have lead in the wire, its not copper wire its just red wire. Also the fitment of everything is loose as a goose. Picture shows some kind of white mat? U dont get that and i didnt get any instructions either.
I have ordered many different bamboo steamers. This is by far the best. Also, it came beautifully packaged with a much appreciated adorable dipping dish, boxed chopsticks & liners. Excellent product. Ps I rarely give 5 stars but this really deserved it
This is my second bamboo steamer I have gotten. The first one, the seams were glued and was falling apart from another company. When I bought this one, I saw it was held physically by something rather than just glue. When I got it, it was pleasantly surprised that it appeared to have "bamboo nails" I have already used it once and it seems like the seller cares about their product. They have emailed to let me know it was sent, questions if any damage occurred, and if any problem arises please let them know. I am pretty happy that I have an avenue to get help if needed! It is a little more expensive but totally worth it if it doesn't fall apart. So far so good!
It's cheaply made. Started to crack and split after a few uses. The sauce dish and chop sticks are just as cheap if not cheaper. This is another junk store item being sold as a quality product here. Which has become the normal practice. Do not waste your money here.
I have had a few of these in the past and i use them more than a few times in a week. This steamer is amazing and is nice and deep for steaming veggies! My bao came out perfectly, the chop sticks that come with it are sturdy and there were 2 sets. My kids were excited and I was excited that they didnt have to argue over who got the new ones. It also arrived a week early (in the middle of a pandemic, its very impressive).
Wow! Just wow! It's like I ordered on Etsy/boutique, but on Amazon, quick turn, around time frame. My husband and I wanted to mimick hanging out in Cancun, poolside, having appetizers brought to us in these bamboo steamer/containers. The order came promptly. Well constructed, and not cheaply put together- copper wire reinforcement? This was the only deep bamboo steamer I saw listed. Very reasonably priced- comes with paper and like lead dish. The company threw in a little gift- very beautiful! Excellent customer service with pride- the company communicated during shipping. I think they're a small startup- well deserving of the 5 🌟's.
Ordered this for my daughter for her birthday. She called me and told me she had made dumplings and they turned out perfect. She absolutely loved this steamer. Would most definitely order from this seller again. I had zero problems from start to finish!!!! Thank you!!