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Top 7 Chinese Woks


There are many different types of woks on the market today - from cast iron to aluminum. In general, nothing beats a carbon steel wok for stir-frying. However, heavy gauge or hard anodized aluminum woks with a nonstick surface are also becoming popular. For cooking on an electric stove, a flat bottom wok is the best choice, although a round bottom wok with a wok ring can also be used.

1. Joyce Chen 14-inch Carbon Steel Wok Set

From the cookware line designed by famous Boston restaurateur Joyce Chen, this heavy gauge carbon steel wok has a flat bottom which works better on western electric stoves than the traditional round wok bottom. It has a single long wooden handle with a small "helper" handle on the opposite side (my own preference). The wok set includes a lid for steaming.
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2. Joyce Chen 14-Inch Flat Bottom Carbon Steel Wok

Need a replacement wok but don't need a lid or other accessories? This is Joyce Chen's basic 14-inch diameter flat-bottomed wok made of carbon steel. It has a single long wooden handle with a small helper handle on the opposite side.
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3. Carbon Steel Wok Set, The Wok Shop

This wok set features a 14-inch carbon steel wok and lid with numerous accessories, including a wok turner, brass skimmer, and tempura deep-fry rack. It is available for both electric and gas stoves and comes with a choice of handles and lid types.
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4. Helen Chen Excalibur Nonstick Lidded Wok Set

This 14-inch flat bottom wok is perfect for anyone who wants the ease of stir-frying with a nonstick pan.
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5. Hand Hammered Wok - The Wok Shop

The creme de la creme of carbon steel woks, a hand hammered carbon steel wok consists of two sheets of carbon steel that are hammered into the distinctive bowl shape. This wok comes from The Wok Shop, located in San Francisco's Chinatown. An excellent choice if you have a gas stove.

6. Lodge Cast Iron - Pro-logic Wok With Loop Handles

When it comes to woks, many people still prefer cast iron over carbon steel. The Lodgepro wok comes preseasoned with vegetable oil, so it is ready to use immediately. It is a heavy cast iron, which means it takes longer to heat up than China-made cast iron woks. The upside is that the wok is les fragile. The one drawback is that the loop handles can get rather hot. This wok is currently the number one bestseller on Amazon.

7. Calphalon 12-in. Nonstick Flat Bottom Wok

One of my readers swears by Calphalon's hard anodized aluminum flat bottom woks for cooking on an electric stove. This 12-inch diameter wok features an arch-vent handle designed to pull the heat through and keep the handle cool.
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