The Wok Shop Traditional Cast Iron 16-Inch Wok Review

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This 16-Inch Traditional Cast Iron Wok was highly recommended by the owners of the Wok Shop, the Merchant and by scores of happy customers as one of the best woks you’d ever own. I was very impressed that it beats the well-known brand such as Lodge in overall performance.

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Capacity | Heating Technology | Easy to Use | Other Features | Customer Reviews | Pros and Cons | Price, Warranty and Where to Buy

Capacity: 16″ in Diameter

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16-inches in diameter, which is 2 inches larger than a typical 14-inch wok, it has a depth of 4.5 inches. It is shaped so proportionally between the diameter and the depth to ensure proper cooking and handling.

Oftentimes you will see a pro chef only cooks a portion or two in a fairly large wok in a restaurant. Why? Because he or she wants to make sure to have enough room to toss and coat the sauce evenly on the food. 

Heating: Warm to High Heat

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By now maybe I don’t have to tell you that cast iron is the best metal to cook in because of its durability, more important, the even heat distribution and heat retention. The bottom line is that food tastes so much better cooked in this vessel than the non-stick wok.

This wok has a round bottom, but it does come with a wok ring to stabilize on a flat cook top for most of the households.

Temperature

The wok will rival with any high-end cookware in withstanding high heat. Not only that, it is so responsive to temperature change from hot to cool.

Easy to Use and to Clean

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One of the disadvantages of the cast iron is that it requires a bit prep work before using it and some more in between uses. Seasoning this wok takes about 30 minutes. You can do it on a stove top or in the oven. Here are the instructions according to the owner of the Wok Shop:

  1. Wash the wok with hot water and a tiny bit dish soap.
  2. Pat it dry with a paper towel.
  3. Coat it with a tablespoon of cooking oil and rub it with a paper towel to make sure all the inside cooking surface is coated. Some folks do the same for the outside of the wok, but it’s optional.
  4. Turn on the oven at 325 degrees F and bake the wok upside down for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the wok from the oven with an oven mitt.
  6. Turn the burner on high heat.
  7. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil and stir fry a handful of Chinese chives to remove the metallic smell and taste.
  8. Discard the charred chives and wipe the wok clean with a paper towel. Now it’s ready to go.
  9. After each use, wash it with hot water and dry it with a kitchen rag.
  10. Coat the wok with a bit of cooking oil and store it for the next use

After periods of use and care, the wok will develop a patina and impart the “wok chi” (chi=energy in Chinese). These are the secret ingredients to make your stir fries take so good.  

Other Features

Color: Black

Dimensions (inches): 16 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches in depth

Accessories: A wok ring

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5Many customers were very happy with the purchase. The cast iron wok held up on its end of the bargain for being a great utensil in their kitchen and for producing mouth-watering food. 22 out of the 29 reviewers gave this wok a five-star rating.

Pros and Cons

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ProsThis wok is made of cast iron with very efficient heating conductivity and heat retention. It’s not as heavy the Lodge’s cast iron wok. Therefore it’s easier to maneuver on the stove. The wok chi will develop over time and it’s attributed for cooking best tasting stir-fries.

ConsIt doesn’t come with a wok lid. You’ll have to shop for one if you use it for other cooking methods besides stir-frying.

Price, Warranty and Where to Buy – The Wok Shop 16-Inch Wok

No warranty is provided by the Wok Shop. You can buy it on Amazon.

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