Product Type: Ken Hom Crockery
Newest Review: ... stops it from being too flimsy but also gives you something to grip hold of when cooking and flipping the contents. It isn't too heavy,... more
Wok could you want more than this wok?
Ken Hom Wok
Member Name: purplekimmy
Ken Hom Wok
Advantages: Great size, great weight, awesome wok
Without my wok I would be lost, I don't know how I ever lived without it. I use it more than any other item in my kitchen. I bought this version not because of Ken Hom but because it was a good sturdy feeling wok that had a flat bottom, this was handy as I had an electric cooker at the time. Without the flat bottom area, I couldn't use it so that was a must when I was buying it. It came with a little booklet with a few recipes in it, not that I have made any of them, sorry Ken.
I love my wok for so many reasons, when you use it there is a bit of weight to it which stops it from being too flimsy but also gives you something to grip hold of when cooking and flipping the contents. It isn't too heavy, but it doesn't feel that super lightweight though. I have had my wok for many years and it has seen better days, the inside is a bit battered and if left too long without use, it does gather a couple of rust spots.
I remember watching a cookery program once that told me not to actually wash the wok, it shouldn't be washed up and dried like normal kitchen items, it should be wiped clean with kitchen towel then coated with a little layer of oil and wiped over again, this is the best way to protect and look after your wok. Obviously I haven't done that or my wok would not be in the state it is in.
I only use wooden utensils in my wok and I do cook everything in it, from the obvious Chinese meals to spaghetti sauce, pasta etc. I tend to mix large meals together in the wok rather than using saucepans; the extra space just makes it easier to work with. I have even used it to cook corn on the cobs as I couldn't get them in my saucepan? The best feature of this wok is the extra handle; it helps to have the second handle when carrying it across the kitchen to dish up. Neither handle gets hot during cooking, although the handles on my wok are both wooden rather than metal like in the picture. The main wooden handle has a metal hook on the end for hanging up if needed, which in my kitchen it isn't. The fixings of the handles are sturdy as well, after six years they are not loose in any way and have not needed to be tightened.
The heat distribution is great and although it is marketed as a non stick wok, if the heat is too high and the contents are not moved around sufficiently, it does stick occasionally. I paid £12 for my wok from Debenhams at least six years ago and it is the best purchase I have made from there. Should I need to get another wok I would defiantly buy another one of these as this wok has done me proud.
Summary: Must buy!