Chinois: There are two types of Chinois in the kitchen. Both are conical liquid strainers shaped like ancient Chinese hats, hence the name “China Cap” and/or “Chinois,” which means “Chinese” in French.
The imprecise cook refers to both types of strainers as Chinois and/or China Caps because of their distinct conical hat shape. The formal definition for the Chinois Etamine (the bouillon strainer), is a fine strainer most commonly referred to as the Chinois. The coarser meshed Perforated Chinois is most often called a China Cap.
Chinois: - The Chinois Etamine or Bouillon Strainer is constructed with a finer mesh and is used for finer straining. It will catch more particles out of the liquid.
Often a Chinois has a handle and a hook so that it can be held or hooked on the rim of a pot or pan.