March 10, 2017

Year of the Rooster: Kitchen Essentials Inspired by Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese calendar marks 2017 as the year of the Fire Rooster, and people born under this sign are said to embody hard work, resourcefulness, and courage. In honor of the Year of the Rooster, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite Asian dinnerware pieces for your kitchen. From utensils and cookware to delicate tabletop serving dishes, there’s a little something for everyone!

Utensils with Flair

For rice, noodles, dumplings, or a dish of perfectly sautéed veggies, these handmade chopsticks from Hank by Henry are proof that design is always in the details. Featuring hand-painted handle accents, each pair of chopsticks is made from various hardwoods to deliver a unique mealtime experience. We especially love the Terez chopsticks in blush, which are made in rich walnut and painted with light pink handle detailing. The Nomi chopsticks in pewter offer another walnut option and feature a refined gray-blue and gold handle accents.

Year of the Rooster - Hank By Henry chopsticks 1 Year of the Rooster - Hank By Henry chopsticks 2

Side Dishes

The hand-painted ameoba rice bowl by David Odaka is a perfectly portioned side dish to your next meal. You can also use it for small portion grains and shared homemade sauces. Its crackled interior and rough unfinished bottom lend an air of high art to any modern minimalist table.

Year of the Rooster - rice bowl

Cookware

To really heat things up with stir-fry dishes and fried rice, the 14-inch cast iron wok from Victoria Cookware is a perfect piece to add to your cooking routine. Its rounded edges are ideal for circulating meats and veggies and getting the perfect even fry. Its cast iron material means you can also use your wok on the campfire and in the oven for all kinds of cooking adventures. This also goes for the other cast iron beauties on the Victoria Cookware storefront.

Year of the Rooster - Victoria Cookware wok

Serveware

For small-batch dumplings and dim sum plates, we love little dishes and two-piece lidded sets like this Equinoxe Dim Sum basket by REVOL USA.  Their unique dome-like design harkens back to old world Asian dinnerware while adding a modern touch to your table. Check out the REVOL USA storefront to see all the other colorful ceramic kitchenware they have in stock.

Year of the Rooster - Revol Dim Sum

Lastly, the Natsume cast iron teapot from Palais des Thés will help bring together any Eastern-inspired meal. As an important part of many cultures, the teapot has a rich history in the world of serveware. This particular design is best used for brewing only, and not as a stovetop cookware item; its elegant shape truly shines as a tabletop tea vessel.

Year of the Rooster - Palais des thes teapot

Whether you’re planning your very own dim sum night or simply adding some minimalist style to your collection, these pieces bring refined style and practicality to your kitchen. In the meantime, may you embrace the Year of the Rooster and embody the hardworking attitude and confidence of this zodiac sign!

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If you love Asian-style kitchen goods, check out our Asian dinnerware page for more inspiration!