I am embarrassed to admit it, but I had a pretty lame wok.  It was non-stick and was breaking down (the handle was falling off).  Not good, so I decided to get a new one. 

As always, I did research to determine what product I should get.  I found this story that was quite informative — and gave me the name of the store where I’d end up buying my wok.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to go back to the non-stick, or try carbon steel or cast iron. 

When I went to shop at The Wok Shop (located in San Francisco’s Chinatown) and saw they made their own wok, I knew I wanted it.  When I saw you had to season it yourself, it definitely made me hesitate.  But my friends, it shouldn’t have — seasoning is ridiculously easy.  More on that later.

Anyway, I ordered the hand-hammered wok ($14.95) as well as a bunch of accessories.  When the order came, I opened the box like a child would open her toys on Christmas morning. 

I pulled out all the newspapers and the wok was a beautiful silver color.  I forgot to take a picture of the before, but if you look at the handle on the photo below, you’ll see the color.  Then I got the instructions for seasoning.  After heating the oven, oiling the wok, and repeating three times — I accomplished the beautiful seasoned look below.  As they suggested, I then cut up an onion and garlic and cooked until they were black to continue the seasoning process.

Seasoned Wok

I am in love with this wok now.  I think it’s a combination of knowing that someone hand-hammered it and my seasoning that makes it special.  Yeah, you can tell it’s not hand-hammered.  But that’s OK.  The wok is still good in my eyes!

I cannot wait to use it!  Oh, and The Wok Shop put in a simple cookbook so it’s going to be fun to test out some of those recipes.