Product Type: Ken Hom Crockery
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A great wok!
Ken Hom Wok
Member Name: linzeelou
Ken Hom Wok
Advantages: Works very well
Disadvantages: A bit pricey
I don't like to use frying pans as I prefer using woks. When I moved to Nottingham, my Mum decided I wasn't allowed to steal her wok so I had to go out and buy a new one. From Argos, I bought a Ken Hom Wok for £19.99. Now, this is a litter pricer than I like to pay for kitchen items as I usually buy Asda or Tesco's own brand products but considering I knew I would use it a lot, I decided to splash out.
The wok itself is 31cm in diameter and it is made from carbon steel. This is also a non-stick wok. The wok comes in a nice box along with a carbon steel lid, bamboo spatula, a leaflet that tells you how to care for the wok and a recipe booklet. The presentation of the wok and accessories was lovely and much better than other woks I have bought in the past. If you buy a cheap/er wok, they can sometimes be packaged very plainly only in a cellophane wrapping and without any accessories. At this point, not having used the wok yet, I didn't know if the extra price was worth it just for a nice box and a spatula which I already own.
The size of this wok makes it easy to cook all different kinds of foods. I find with frying pans that unless you use a splatter cover, you can get food and oil all over the place depending on what you're cooking. This wok is really nice and deep and having cooked a range of food in it from chicken to stir fry, I have found that nothing ever spills or goes over the edges. I think you would have to be a really messy cooker to achieve this. The handle to the wok is made from rubberwood so you have no worries about it burning or melting if your hob gets too hot or the flames are too high.
If you don't know much about rubberwood, here is a little info!
Rubberwood is a material that is eco friendly. Unlike a lot of materials used for furniture, the rubber trees this is made from are not cut down only for this purpose. The rubber tree generally lasts somewhere between 26-30 years and when it is at the end of its life, only then are they cut down and a new one is always planted in its place. Rubberwood also has very little tendency to crack or wrap making it suitable to use for a really long time.
Back to the wok!
Using the wok is extremely simple. Before the first use you will need to give it a quick wash in the sink but nothing too harsh. Add a little oil to the wok, putting it on a hot hob, and you are ready to go. The wok and the oil doesn't take long to heat up properly at all if you have your hob on full power. When you first add any kind of food to the hot, sizzling oil, it will smoke a little bit but not for long as the food will absorb any of the excess oil quite quickly.
As this is a non-stick wok, it is quite easy to clean. Unfortunately, this is not a wok that is suitable for dishwashers so all cleaning must be done by hand. The best way to clean the wok, I find, is to just use a regular dish cloth and a cheap kitchen scourer. Using metal scourers etc will destroy the non-stick coating so any metal products should be avoided. I have cooked some pretty messy looking food in my wok so far and thought a lot of it would be a pain to remove after it had cooled down but this wasn't the case. Although a couple of little parts did need some elbow grease, most of the food came off extremely easily. I didn't have to spend ages scrubbing this wok to get it back to looking nearly new.
I did think that I was spending way too much money on a wok to begin with but now, I don't think that at all. Yes, this was more expensive that what I would usually pay but I think it is really worth the extra money. The non-stick coating makes it extremely easy to clean and some of my older woks have been a complete nightmare in this area. The handle is durable and long lasting so you wont have to worry about it melting on you during cooking. The wok is the perfect size for me and it now saves spillages and oil splattered over my kitchen worktops. I would definitely buy another one of these woks should the one I have now ever die.
* This wok is suitable for these hob types: electric, gas, ceramic, halogen and solid hotplates.
Summary: I won't go back to cheaper woks now
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