Wok Cooking

wok-cookingview modelsStir-frying and cooking with a wok mean virtually the same thing.  Wok cooking is traditionally a Chinese form of cooking.  The originally wok “pan” had a round bottom because the Chinese used it to cook over an open fire.  The flames would leap up on the side of the pan which would result in more even cooking.  If you want to be authentic and use the round bottom pan and do the cooking indoors on a gas or electric stove, make sure you get a wok ring.  The pan sits inside the ring to make it stable while cooking.

Woks range from 8 to 30 inches.  The standard size wok is 14 inches.  This size usually serves four to six.

There are several types of woks.  The traditional wok is made of carbon steel. This type of wok is like a cast iron skillet in that it needs to be preseasoned before the first use.  After that it is pretty easy to care for and is easy to clean, but it is not to be put in the dishwasher.  There are stainless steel woks that have all the stainless characteristics of cookware made of the same material.

There are several different types of nonstick woks.  These are easy to clean and can usually be put in the dishwasher.  There are various interior coatings on woks.  And lastly, there is the electric wok.  There has been vast improvement in these woks.  So do your research and choose the one that is best suited for you. Those below are highly recommended.

 

16in carbon steel wok16 inch Carbon Steel Wok w/ Helper Handle (round bottom) USA made

  • This heavy 14-gauge wok is an easy and fun to use.
  • The natural, blond, wooden handle and side spool handle allows the cook full command of the wok.
  • Wok measures 4″ in depth.
  • Cooking recommendations: 12″ for up to 5 people, 14″ for 6 to 12 people, and 16″ for over 12 people.
  • Wok lids available, sold separately.
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http://amazingonepotmeals.com/16in-carbon-steel-wok.phpBreville EW30XL Electric Gourmet Wok

  • 18-1/6 by 15-1/6 by 7-7/8-Inch; weighs 11-4/5-pound.
  • Quick-release removable base is dishwasher-safe
  • Heavy glass lid with steam vent and stainless-steel rim
  • 4-Layer quantanium non-stick cooking surface
  • Butterfly element with 14 heat settings plus a high sear option

 

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cook-standard-13in-wokCooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 13-Inch Wok with Dome Lid

  • 13-inch wok made of 18/10 stainless steel with aluminum core
  • Solid stainless-steel riveted handles stay cooler with air-flow technology
  • Secure-fitting stainless-steel dome lid traps in heat and moisture
  • Dishwasher-safe; oven-safe to 500 degrees F
  • Measures 23 by 13-1/2 by 5 inches; limited lifetime warranty

 

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