Chinese is a very rich language filled with idiomatic sayings.
歇后语xiehouyu are two part sayings. The first part is a riddle, puzzle or reference to story or history and the second part, sometimes not expressed, is the meaning.
I shall list a few all associated with kitchen utensils.
rè guō shàng de mǎ yǐ –
anxious, like ants on a hot wok
Dǎ fān de wǔwèi píng –
心里有 酸 甜 苦 辣 咸 的滋味
Dàlǐshí yā xiáncài gāng –
Use marble vessel to ferment preserved vegetable – waste of talent or wrong use of talent
Chǎocài de sháozi –
The spoon used for cooking has tasted all flavours – and all life’s experiences, the happy, sad, bitter and painful.