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Electric Wok

Posted by lyndseysmith 
Electric Wok
February 23, 2008 08:10AM
I am thinking about buying an electric wok, I usually make stir frys in an ordinary frypan but they usually end up quite mashy. Has anyone got any advice about electric woks? Are they any good and which brand do people recommend?
Re: Electric Wok
February 23, 2008 08:29AM
Might I suggest grabbing one of those $30 gas cannister powered camping stoves and a nice thin wok instead? It seems that trying to stir fry in teflon is a nearing a contradiction in terms.
Re: Electric Wok
February 23, 2008 07:04PM
I have an electric wok ( I think i have every electric applicance just about) and i love it. I find it very good for stir fry not messy easy to clean and it does seem to get hot enough, I think that you do have to buy a good quantity one thru not a cheap and nasty one.
Re: Electric Wok
February 23, 2008 09:56PM
Had a good quality brand electric wok,disappointed with it and have bought a stovetop one instead.Found that even with batch cooking the temp recovery time was very slow and took quite a while to heat to start with !!
Re: Electric Wok
February 23, 2008 10:33PM
have you thought about getting a non electric old fashioned wok?
have had one of those cast iron(?) woks for 25 yrs that stands over the element on a metal ring and of course it s well "seasoned" now and does an excellent job for stirfrying. I rub lightly with oil after everytime I use it before storing away.
Excellent transfere of heat, decent size etc. Apparently they are still quite cheap at chines-ey type fod stores

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/23/2008 10:34PM by Maryloo.
Re: Electric Wok
February 24, 2008 01:44AM
Mine is a cheap one from an Asian supermarket many years ago - wooden handle - very well seasoned and oiled after each use - I find it's the heat source that makes a difference not the wok - camp stove suggestion by Genna sounds good advice to me

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Re: Electric Wok
February 24, 2008 10:02AM
Hi everyone,
thanks for the advice, I will give it a lot of thought. I had a browse in a discount appliance store today and they are quite expensive. Maybe the old fashioned one from a chinese shop is the way to go.
Re: Electric Wok
February 24, 2008 10:28AM
Hello Lyndsey,
Depends upon how passionate and strict you want to be about wok cooking and how many you are cooking for perhaps?

We have an electric wok and it's perfect for us - just the two of us now. I used to have one of the cheap thinish Chinese woks which had a sort of a flat bottom and it just sat on the ring type element. I was never happy with it at the time because it was difficult to get heat up the sides of the wok. Now I have a ceramic cooktop and I certainly wouldn't want to be using it on one of those elements - the heat cuts out too often!

(Even for jam making I don't use my ceramic cooktop - I use a single solid plug-in hot plate for jam or preserving as my preserving pot well overlaps the largest element on my ceramic cooktop (and it's not recommended to use an oversized saucepan) and I'm also dead scared of an over-boil of jam or sauces, the sugar of which can cause pitting in the ceramic cooktop if it's left to burn into the ceramic). Sorry I have diversed!

At least with the electric wok it heats so far up the sides. I have no regrets in purchasing ours several years ago. If you get one make sure you season it properly first off and when you go to use it give it time to heat up well. The authentic thin wok is probably the cheapest opton, but think about how you are going to heat it up and how convenient the alternative options might be for your particular kitchen circunstance and also the stability and safety of the heating option.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/24/2008 10:34AM by Dawn.
Re: Electric Wok
February 24, 2008 09:00PM
Dawn, been there done that with the ceramic top! I still use a "real" wok- if the weather is Ok it is on the BBQ but I also have a cheap gas ring that I attach straight to a gas bottle for use in more sheltered situations.
Re: Electric Wok
February 25, 2008 01:12AM
I have had an electric wok and end up giving it away and gone back to my steel wok that I brought in Hong Kong cheep as. With The electric wok thermostate the heat comes and goes. It was not a consistent high heat.
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