Where to buy quality wok?


#1

Looking to buy a quality wok for home use. Would like an authentic wok used in Thai, Chinese cooking. What should I look for? Where’s the best place to buy in LA? Thx FTC


#2

What kind of burner will you put it on? For a typical American kitchen, a traditional wok may not be right.


#3

Just a regular gas stove burner. Great article! Thx


#4

Love my 16” carbon steel round bottom from wok shop sf, bought from amazon. I do it outdoors on wok burner tho, so you will have to get flat bottom or ring


#5

Kenji doesn’t think much of wok rings.


#6

True but he is into carbon round bottom. So Is 16” a smarter buy than 14”? Our meals range from 2-6 people in general.


#7

For a 16" wok, this is what I would recommend

For something smaller (like 14"), consider something like this


#8

But I should add that you need to really ask yourself why you want a wok, and what you plan to do with it.

If it’s just because you want to stir fry, then for home cooks without sufficient gas BTU ranges, a frying pan works just as well if not better.


#9

Japanese made carbon steel (needs seasoning, not stainless) wok from Action Sales in Monterey Park

https://www.actionsales.net/product/15871/WOK-JAPAN-36.html


#10

I bought one a long time ago and basically on a regular kitchen range it’s not very useful… heat transfer is so quick and we dont have enough fire to really kick it hard… so i end up using frying pans that will heat up and retain

you buy them at restaurant supply shops


#11

If you want to get something like the results chefs get with professional wok burners, you might want to get an outdoor propane model. Such high BTUs are not safe for a home kitchen unless you install a special hood.


#12

Bingo


#13

http://www.wokshop.com/ is one of my favorite stores. Period. I can’t give advice as, ipse suggested, I just use a large skillet.


#14

I started stir frying on my cast irons because the wok was upsetting me so much. Also you can’t cook the machine oil off in your house… took an hour in a scorching bbq


#15

So, from what I’m getting from the thread, I should not use a conventional wok in my regular US kitchen unless I want to die.

Is this correct?


#16

The only problem with using a traditional wok in a regular US kitchen is that it won’t work very well with such low heat.


#17

15k BTU and above burner will do fine for home use … speaking from experience.

and use one of these wok ring contraptions to keep the wok close to the fire.


#18

What does an average home cooktop burner put out?


#19

Most newer ranges have fairly powerful burners. ie. this unit from GE @ $539 has one 15k burner.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ge-5-0-cu-ft-freestanding-gas-range-stainless-steel/4943612.p?skuId=4943612

This $2500 unit comes with a better tri-ring 20k burner
http://products.geappliances.com/appliance/gea-specs/PGB980ZEJSS


#20

#wokrangegoals

30k BTU baby!