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Chinese Restaurant Equipment Guide



Opening a Chinese Restaurant is much like opening any other eatery, expect for..., the food, the ingredients, the decor, and most importantly the equipment and supplies you'll use to cook in and on. Specially designed cookware is essential for sautéing, steaming, flavor-potting and smoking, chopping and slicing foods for Chinese cuisine. Instawares has put together a list of traditional Chinese essentials you'll need to cook and serve signature dishes. For a list of universal restaurant equipment, please see the Opening a Restaurant - Equipment Guide.

Helpful Tips

  • Children often find it easier to hold chopsticks near the bottom instead of in the middle.
  • 81% of guest prefer to eat with chopsticks vs. 19% with cutlery.
  • Noodle dishes and sushi are the most popular Chinese menu items.

Did You Know?

  • Chopsticks were usedduring the Shang dynasty (1766 BC - 1122 BC).
  • There are more Chinese restaurants in the U.S. than McDonald's franchises in the world.
  • There are more than 40,000 Chinese eateries in the U.S.
  • Tea leaves cannot be harvested from a tea plant until the plant is five years old.
  • Rice was first grown in Yuchanyan, Hunan in 8000 B.C.
  • China produces more rice than any other country in the world.
  • The homeland of tea is China. Tea is the beverage most consumed by the world's population.
  • The Fortune Cookie was invented in the U.S.
  • Tofu was being used in Chinese kitchens during the period 25 - 200 A.D.
  • Counting calories? Six steamed pork dumplingshave 500 calories. Pan fried dumplings have only10 calories per dumpling.
  • The majority of Chinese restaurants are owned and operated by individuals.
  • Over one third of the world's population eats Chinese food daily.
  • The first Chinese restaurants in America fed the Cantonese laborers in California. The eating establishments were known as "chow chows", date back to the mid 19th century.
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