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What is Wok in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Materials

What is Wok in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Materials

Kitchen Tools
A wok in Tagalog is called “kawa” or “talyasi,” a cooking pan used for cooking huge amounts of food. It looks like a cross between a frying pan (kawali) and a saucepan (kaserola), but a larger version. Because of its huge size, the wok is usually used in big celebrations or gatherings such as feasts. Almost every household in the Philippine provinces has a “kawa.” The origin of the wok is unclear but it’s believed to have first appeared in ancient China during the Han Dynasty. But at that time, woks were only made from clay. It was only during the Ming Dynasty when woks were made of metal. Chinese blacksmiths made woks by forging raw iron at a very high temperature and polished the finished product using a hammer. Typically, a wok has a round bottom with sloped sides but some hav...
What is Grater in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Types

What is Grater in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Types

Kitchen Tools
A grater in Tagalog is called “kudkuran,” a kitchen tool used for shredding food into smaller pieces. This includes carrots, cheese, coconut, nutmeg, and other fruits and vegetables. Most graters are handy and used not only in homes but also in restaurant kitchens. In the Philippines, a lot of food recipes include coconut milk and markets usually have stalls with coconut graters ("kudkuran ng niyog" in Tagalog).. The concept of grating or shredding food can be traced back to ancient civilizations. Early graters were often simple tools made from materials like stone, wood, or metal. These early graters were likely used to shred ingredients like cheese, vegetables, and spices. During the Roman Era, metal graters were often small, handheld, and mostly made of bronze, used to grate ingr...