Large earthenware pot @ asian market

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Large earthenware pot @ asian market

by Drax » May 27th, '12, 15:58

So when I was at the Asian market the other day, I noticed that they had these really nice brown glazed earthenware pots. They probably held about 1-2 gallons, semi-round shape, with a large handle (kyuusu-like) on one side, and a "nub" type of handle on the other side.

Is something like this for making kim chee, or other types of dishes? Just curious, they were only $20 and seemed like a decent vessel to do something on a large scale.

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Re: Large earthenware pot @ asian market

by wyardley » May 27th, '12, 16:06

Without seeing exactly how it looks, I'm guessing probably for boiling Chinese medicine or making soup.

Either that, or a different shape of 'sha guo' (Chinese / Vietnamese style clay pot), used for cooking.

Are they smooth / glazed all over, or just on the inside?

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by Drax » May 27th, '12, 16:34

Hrm, interesting...

I think they were glazed all over, inside and out. I don't recall seeing any bare surface... I should have taken a picture. I'll do that next time :D

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by Drax » May 27th, '12, 17:08

Yep, like the one on the right -- even the same texture on the handle. Though the glaze was more of the 'standard' earthy-brown.

So I guess that means it's a soup pot. Hmmm. It didn't seem like something that was heatable, though...

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by wyardley » May 27th, '12, 18:20

Drax wrote:Yep, like the one on the right -- even the same texture on the handle. Though the glaze was more of the 'standard' earthy-brown.

So I guess that means it's a soup pot. Hmmm. It didn't seem like something that was heatable, though...
I think mostly used for boiling herbal medicine, but could also be used for soup.

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by gingkoseto » May 27th, '12, 18:51

Yeah I think it's called some sort of herbal medicine pot. But a lot Cantonese soups are pretty much herbal medicine soups (with meat) anyway :D Usually 1 serving of herbal medicine would be of much smaller size, and this may be used for family size, so usually not for treating serious diseases, but for "tonic soups". But oh I thought it would cost like $8 :shock:

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Re: Large earthenware pot @ asian market

by Drax » May 27th, '12, 19:11

:lol: Well, good to know, thanks! I guess I'll stay away for now... maybe if I'm feeling poorly, I can try to brew up some soup.

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