I acquired multiple Steaming Friendly dishes like the one it comes with. The one rule I have learned is there is no benefit to steaming food outside if the dish like it has. Makes things cleaner and easier overall. Given I've never steamed shit in bamboo but I have used the flower type ones in stock pots and this is infinitely more efficient. Steaming vegetables is only good if you want to eat it right now. They don't keep well. But steaming meats, dumplings, dim sum, bao and shit is great and they keep well in the fridge.I've never tried to steam vegetables by putting them over the top of a meal I'm already cooking in a pan. I'll have to try that.
I'll take a look at bamboo steamers at my local asian grocery next time I'm in for sauces. If they're small enough to fit inside my stock pot while it's in the cupboard, I'll probably pick one up.
TJT the Amazon recommendation looks great, I'm just trying hard not to expand my kitchen devices further, even with things I use regularly. I'll report back on how the fryer basket in the stock pot works for steaming in the next day or so; seems like something that'd be on Cutthroat Kitchen or the like.