If there is one top staple in Asian cooking, it might just be the good old, reliable steel wok. Chinese food, in particular, utilizes a lot of stir-frying, so having a good quality wok is essential. Just ask any chef that specializes in Chinese cuisine and they will swear to you that a great wok is probably the most important aspect of their cooking.
As for me, I have made the mistake of not always heeding this warning. I love making Chinese fried rice and stir fried noodles at home, and have gone through numerous cheap woks as a result. One rusted on me while the handles of others have broken easily. A wok is the workhorse of the kitchen, especially if you love making Asian inspired dishes. My wok sees action at least twice a week with all the stir-frying that I do. Woks are such versatile partners in the kitchen, they can be used for searing, BBQs and much more. I can even whip up an amazing French omelette using my wok! (Although beginners should use a pan for that.) All in all, it is an amazing all around tool for your culinary needs.
It was, therefore, a blow when my steel wok recently gave up on me as I was making some Indian pork wraps. The handle broke while I was washing it because it was not well built enough. Screwing the handle back in place was not a very good option as it had already become too loose. It is always sad when a kitchen companion of mine dies on me. After shedding a few tears, I decided to scour the internet and order a wok that would last me a very long time.
I decided to narrow down my search to the best carbon steel woks as I had heard outstanding things about them. It did not take long before I had found my new partner in Asian cooking. And let me tell you, it has so far exceeded my high expectations. I have been frying and beating it up for some weeks now, and it just looks at me asking for more. I am truly pleased with what I have purchased for my growing kitchen.
But before I tell you what I have bought, let me give you a quick rundown of the other carbon steel woks I chose from. Hopefully, this will help you to decide for yourself which carbon steel wok you think is the best. So grab your spatulas and let us begin!Continue reading