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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen Spider Strainer
What it was made for: Removing dumplings and wontons from boiling water. Its woven design is sturdy but lightweight, and drains more quickly than a slotted spoon.

What you can also use it for: Scoop foods out of hot oil when deep-frying. Look for a 5-inch strainer; it's the perfect size for foods both large (e.g., fish fillets) and small (e.g., ravioli).