More kitchen terms

17Sep08

Le Cochon ou Le Porc?

A recap on our previous post where we mentioned Kitchen Terms or English, Food Central’s Von Cook has explained various kitchen terms that are misused, particularly Cooking Methods vs Food Preparation Techniques, and we promised you another three terms, which are wet, moist and dry. I’ve jotted down Chef Sun’s explanation on these terms. He hasn’t much to say, but at least he made his point when he pointed out Dry Cooking, Moist Cooking and Wet Cooking.

Chef Sun speaks to you now about his definition of Wet, Moist and Dry.

Prologue to Kitchen Terms

We can see it has been used around verbally around restaurants, in the house, out in the public, during a summertime outing, even by our own service staff, which could be pretty embarrassing. Inappropriate use of these could result in bad reputation, although we don’t see much of these here in Malaysia. When we’re literally by-the-book or by-the-English-language, it’s a different story. Being by-the-English-language here would lead you to more shame than by-the-book because generally, the majority of Malaysians do not bother much.

However, we wouldn’t also settle much to refute these terms, but rather give a short briefing to remind service staff not to use these. Creating a culture, as what Elios said in his post in Head Chef’s Duty – Internal Marketing, is essential when it comes to erecting such knowledge and basic understanding of terms used in the kitchen, and also out of the kitchen.

Defining the term ‘WET’

Wet literally means soaked in liquid as many English dictionary would term it, and the similarity to kitchen language is 99%. Almost no difference. You wouldn’t call Cod Fish on top of a pool of Oyster Sauce ‘Wet Cod Fish in Oyster Sauce’. But rather, we’d leave the word ‘wet’ out. Another confusion that often occur is the use of ‘Wet Cooking’. No, it isn’t ‘Wet cooking’.

Defining the term ‘MOIST’

But rather, the proper way to pronounce it is ‘moist cooking’, if we’re going to mean cooking methods like steam baking. Also, when we’re talking about moist, it literally has the same meaning as English – Slightly wet or damp. We don’t see anyone saying ‘Wet Chocolate Cake’ but rather ‘Moist Chocolate Cake’. It wouldn’t be right to term ‘Moist Pasta’ or ‘Moist cut of sirloin’ but rather ‘Moist meat with good marbling’.

Defining the term ‘DRY’

Dry literally means having no liquid or not wet. From simple terms we can understand that dry can be used in a number of ways, such as Dry Cooking for baking and grilling while Dry foods could mean peanuts in vacuum packs, or sago seeds. ‘Dry’ pasta wouldn’t be the keyword here IF it’s already cooked, but it can be used for uncooked, packed instant pasta.

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One Response to “More kitchen terms”

  1. WhAt are the kitchen terms?


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