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.
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.