Baking in China – A Guide: Equipment and Supplies (with Chinese vocabulary)



Baking in China – A Guide: Equipment and Supplies (with Chinese vocabulary)

For those of you living in fully developed, non-Asian countries, a guide for baking equipment seems hardly worth a discussion, let alone a whole article. In China, however, baking a cake can turn into an insurmountable task.

Chinese kitchens usually don’t come with an oven; and if you manage to get one, you have to find a place for it in the minimal space Chinese kitchens mostly offer.

All those years in China, I have never thought about getting an oven. But since I moved here for good, and have to spend Christmas in Chinese lands this year, I decided the time has come. After all, we need cookies for Christmas, right?

In order to make it easier for those of you who think about baking in China, here follows a list of essential (and not so essential, but quite useful) equipment and supplies you need for successful baking in China.

 

Essential baking equipment in China

Oven

In Chinese: 烤箱 kaoxiang. 

Yes, obviously the first thing you need to acquire is an oven. If you just want to bake cookies and cakes, a smaller toaster oven is sufficient. However, if you are thinking about baking your own bread or pizza you should go for the bigger ovens and make sure that the oven can go up to 250°C (482° F).

I got an oven from the brand Hauswirt 海氏. Actually, it’s a German brand, and I decided, if unsure go for what you are familiar with. I haven’t been disappointed. The oven is about 32cm deep, 31cm high and 35cm wide. It is not the biggest model, but for my purposes enough.

Where to buy:

  • The biggest selection of oven scan be found on Taobao (that’s where I got mine from, too)
  • Big supermarkets such as Carrefour and Wal-Mart also carry ovens, but the selection might be limited (and the prize higher)
  • Electronics stores such as Suning 苏宁 or Gome 国美 (Guomei) might also sell ovens

 

Mixer

In Chinese: 电动打蛋器 diandong dadanqi

If you don’t want to whip your cream by hand (trust me no fun), you should get a mixer. They come in very handy for different recipes.

Again you can get very cheap ones for 20RMB or the luxury model for over 2000RMB. I think most 50 to 100RMB models do a very good job.

Where to buy:

  • Taobao, again.
  • Some bigger local supermarkets with an electronic supplies section might also sell mixers

 

Scale

In Chinese: 电子秤dianzi cheng 

Some people can measure things with their eyes. If you don’t belong to those people, and want exact measurements for your cake or bread, you need to get a scale. They come in different sizes and forms. The normal model you can get for about 20RMB on Taobao. There are fancier models for over 3000RMB, if you wish.

Where to buy:

 

 

Useful baking supplies in China

Things you don’t necessary need, but can be very useful if you want to bake a cake, cookies, or a pizza in China. I will not add in detail where to get those things because as you might have realized by now, most, if not all of those things you can get from Taobao.

Flexible cake pan

In Chinese: 活底蛋糕模具 Huodi dangao muju

The usual sizes are 17,3cm (7寸) and 20,3cm (8寸).

Other baking forms

Forms can be differentiated between the purpose of use, there are pizza forms 披萨盘pisa pan, toast/bread forms 吐司面包盒 tusi mianbao he, unflexible round cake pans 蛋糕模具 dangao muju or 固定派盘 guding paipan, 6 cups muffin forms 六连蛋糕模具 liulian dangao muji, etc.
(Stainless steel) mixing pot: 不锈钢打蛋盆 buxiugang dadanpen or 容器盆 rongqipen
Cookie forms: 饼干模具 binggan muju

 

Measuring cup: 量杯 liangbei

 

Rolling pin: 擀面杖 ganmianzhang

 

Flour sieve: 面粉网筛 mianfen wangshai

 

Baking paper: 烤盘油纸 kaopan youzhi

 

 

The list could go on forever. There are so many more things we don’t need, but make life, I mean baking, so much easier.

baking supplies

I can recommend you, before you go out and start ordering everything one buy one, try the set packages on Taobao. Baking is becoming fashion in China, and set packages in varying sizes and with different goodies pop up in the hundreds on Taobao. And they don’t have to be expensive. I got a very good starter set for 159RMB (and say even added panda cookie forms as an extra! Who can say no to panda cookies?).

 

Here I will end the equipment and supply list for now. Next part will cover essential ingredients for baking in China and where to get them, as this is actually the trickiest part.

 

What do you do if you are far away from home in a different country and want to bake or cook something that needs equipment you don’t have there?

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

5 thoughts on “Baking in China – A Guide: Equipment and Supplies (with Chinese vocabulary)

  1. It’s nice to get to know the vocabulary about these things. I never considered checking them up and they haven’t been thus far in any of my study materials (or perhaps I just over read it…)
    My MIL has an oven as well however I have never seen her using it though she states that the pizza she makes is so much better than at Pizza Hut (she ate her first pizza there two years ago and said that her own is better though she had never tried it….)

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  3. This is an excellent post! Thanks for sharing all those baking terms in Chinese and Pinyin. I’ve had an oven in China for the past three years and it’s gotten to the point where I can’t function well without it. (Probably because I have not mastered the art of Tibetan or Chinese cooking, not that I’ve tried)

    Looking forward to your next post about ingredients.

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