If anyone of you eats as much stir-fry dish as I do, then you know that nothing cook up a better stir-fry than a wok. I never really know how to pronounce the word “wok” right so I refer to it as my stir-fry pan. Finding a perfect wok is not easy but somehow I finally found mine. It’s called: Aroma 6.5-quart Heavy-duty Wok.
I bought this wok over a month ago after I ruined two previous woks while I was cooking Teriyaki chicken. I bought my two woks before from World Market. The price was what got me to buy them in the first place. There was no instruction on them to remove any oil, or how to condition them so I guess that’s why both of them went away so quickly. The whole bottom of the pan burned to crisp with the Teriyaki sauce even when I turned the heat down to low. So for me, the heat distribution was another problem.
Many woks come with a high price tag that I can’t afford. I mean I don’t want to spend $100 on a wok to have it burned too. I came across this one day when I was window-shopping on Overstock. It has really good review, and the price was pretty reasonable so I decided to buy it. This wok is an electric wok instead of being one you can put on your stove. I was skeptical at first but it turned out to be the reason I love this wok more than ever.
The inside of the wok is non-stick. It comes with its own lid. There is even instruction about how to condition the wok before first use. The heat of the wok is controlled by the knob on the front. It’s not a degree scale for the heat – it’s more of a high-low scale. This wok heats up really fast, and cools down in seconds when I need to turn the heat down. Since it is non-stick, cleaning is a breeze. You can’t get the electric cord wet but it’s not that hard to wash the inside of the wok in the kitchen sink. I like to wipe any leftover oil off the wok with a paper towel first before rinse it out with soap and water. I have been using it since I got it, and my food cooked perfectly every time. Another plus is that this wok is really light so it’s very easy to move around.
So if you’re looking for a wok with reasonable price and good quality, I would highly recommend this one. I am sure it would be a very long while before I have to get another wok.