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Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

Thanks Emily for the suggestion. Yes, I read some articles saying cast iron is the best to go for because it retains better and distributes heat evenly for a home stove.

Mar 04, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

Chemicalkinetics,

With the cast iron wok, I only knew it's a mixed of aluminum and Iron because it was stated on the packaging of a cast iron wok that I found at a store. I was surprised actually as I expected that it'd contain only carbon and steel.

I know Carbon Steel wok is the most common wok people use these days. I think what the woks are claimed to be, can be deceiving. After all, are they really what they say they are. The process of making is something that is quite complex and technical. (The science of it)

Yeah... it isn't easy to find a wrought iron woks these days but I like to think that It's still possible though because Japanese make a lot of their cookwares in wrought iron. Great stuff... :)

Thank you for your help, Chemicalkinetics.

Mar 04, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

Chemicalkinetics,

Is Carbon Steel wok as good as Wrought Iron wok?! I don't think I'll go for a Cast iron because I found that it contains aluminium which isn't good for health. From your experience and knowledge, what material is best?!

And does the thickness and size matter?! Yes, I've decided 12" because I think it's a good size to cook for 1 or 2 people.

I really like the ones that they use at the restaurant like this one here,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aAmXk...

Do you know what kind of wok is used in the video?

Feb 29, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

Yes, I have... I found a few restaurant supply stores in Australia that sell Wrought Iron work with good price but they don't come in smaller size like 12". Most woks sold at local stores here are carbon steel.

Feb 29, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

I know what you mean and I totally agree with you - $70 is on the higher end for a traditional wok. The thing is that a good traditional wok itself doesn't really cost that much in comparison to western cookware but it's the shipping cost that comes with it, makes it costly and so the question is if it's worth it. As for budget, I probably prepare to pay a little less than $70, that'd be my max.

Over here, I found a wok that seems pretty good and it costs around A$24 but unfortunately, it's a pow wok . It isn't what I want. At the same store, there's another one with two handles and it's steel. I don't know if that is different from carbon steel and if it's a good wok to get. These woks are from China and sometimes, I wonder how accurate they are in labelling the material because of the standards and language perhaps.

Feb 29, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

Thank you, Chemicalkinetics.

I've been looking for a wok and I must say the more I look, the harder it is to decide as there are different ones out there with the questions of shape, sizes and materials that I'm having trouble with, especially the material. I guess, I would like to get a wok that gives good 'heat' for stir frying. I've decided that I'll get a round-bottom one with two handles.

I've looked at the website you suggested - hand hammered wok, it looks like it is just what I'm looking for but I'm not sure if I want to spend $70 for a wok which is quite costly.

Feb 29, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

I'm from Australia so I guess, I'll be looking at purchasing online as I've trouble to find an 'iron' wok (the type that I'm after) with anything less than 14" here, where I am.

Feb 29, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware

Where to buy Asian 'Iron' wok(Not cast iron) with two handles(Southern style)?

Hi,

Does anyone know where I can buy an iron wok?! Not cast iron but the Asian iron type. Not sure if they are hand-hammered but it's iron and yet light, thin and durable that can last for generations.

Also, is the Pow wok usually deeper than the Southern style wok?! And what's the difference between Steel, Carbon Steel and Wrought Iron? Which material distribute and heat evenly without 'hot spot'?!

Your help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Esme - from Australia

Feb 29, 2012
EsmeMolina in Cookware