Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Special Cookware for a Tibetan Dinner

In my research of Tibetan food, I happened upon an illustration of a rustic Tibetan Stove. The drawing is rather small, so it's hard to tell exactly how it is designed. However, it appears as though it's smaller than a bread box, with a single burner on top, and either a drawer or a recessed scuttle at the bottom in which to burn the fuel. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to prepare a meal using one. But my guess is that the simple design is intended to accommodate 'one-pot' cooking of dishes such as stews, soups, curries and dumplings, which appear to be the mainstays of the Tibetan diet. In looking over the recipes I've chosen, I'm sure my gas range and everyday cookware will serve my purposes just fine.