Product Type: Ken Hom Crockery
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Ken Hom Wok
Ken Hom Wok
Member Name: Whizz11
Ken Hom Wok
Advantages: Tasty cooking
It's not often I do a stir fry but when I do I always pull out my Ken Hom wok. A wok is a is a versatile round-bottomed cooking vessel originating in China. It is used especially in East and Southeast Asia. You can use a wok for other styles of Chinese cooking also but I am so not that adventurous and so I only use it for a stir-fry but it is great when it comes to making this quick, low fat meal.
This wok was yet again another gift from our John Lewis wedding list. They sell a number of Ken Hom woks but this one seemed the simpliest and easiest to use. I think it was also one of the cheapest at £35 which did not seem to bad to me. The wok is made from carbon steel so it is quite heavy but this is the way all woks are made as it is the pan that makes this a special way of cooking. The pan has a long handle on it just like a saucepan and a short handle on the other side so this does make it a lot easier to pick up.
The wok is very easy to use. It has really high sides so you can really cook a lot of ingredients which is good because in my stir fry I always have bean sprouts, noodles and lots of fresh vegetables. I heat my oil in the bottom first to make sure it is really hot and then add the ingredients. This is a really fast way of cooking as the meal is generally ready in about 5-10 minutes if you have no meat, a perfect quick dinner.
The wok comes with a traditional bamboo slotted turner which I do use although the food tends to stain it quite easily. The bamboo is quite a soft wood as so I think it soaks up the liquid and this is why it stains and doesn't really come clean but 4 years on I still use it and store it in the wok when not in use. The wok also comes with a tempura rack, a wire rack that hangs over the edge of the wok but to be honest I haven't actually every used this and I'm not really sure if I know how to use it so it just stays on the side of the wok when not in use. There is also a leaflet included with the wok giving you tips and recipes but I have never used this either although I think it is probably worth a look to get some good tips if you are not a confident cook.
The wok is non stick which is great as it makes it very easy to clean. However, I have heard that you are never meant to clean a wok or at least scrap it as all the tastes and flavours that are in the wok are meant to blend together and produce a unique meal and flavour everytime you cook but this may just be with a wok that you find in a Chinese take away and not one you use at home. Thankfully you will be glad to know that I do clean mine and it is dishwasher safe as well which is nice.
Get adventurous and make some Chinese food tonight!
Summary: Ken Hom Wok
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