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CanadianCook's picture

I know, I know, its an old bad joke. I wanted to get people's opinions of the good and bad woks they own. I own a medium sized cast iron wok with two small side handes. Sounds nice, but I use it a lot, rather sick of the maintainance, and I think it might be too small. I'm trying pad thai for the first time tonight and am worried about the size of it. (I'll let people know tomorrow how it went!) In one of my favourite cooking stores, I saw two 14 in typhoon wok's - one carbon steel (which requires the same care as cast iron, one non-stick (which apparently can take the high heat of stir frying)


Has anyone tried either of these woks? Does anyone have any suggestions on brands, types, or should I just stick (ha!) with my cast iron one?

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MadMom's picture

(post #55308, reply #1 of 77)

No information at all about those two brands, but do you have that famous Chinese cookbook How to Wok Your Dog?  I know, old joke also, but I couldn't help it...the devil made me do it.  I'll go back to the corner now.



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moxie's picture

(post #55308, reply #26 of 77)

Not kidding, we have a Mexican-Asian (yes, that is what I said) restaurant here called Wokamole.

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MadMom's picture

(post #55308, reply #27 of 77)

What was that old game...whack-a-mole?  I guess that was a cute play on words...sort of combining guacamole and wok...but not too sure I'd want to try the place!  I can only imagine the menu...enchiladas with fish sauce, chop suey taco, etc.



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Glenys's picture

(post #55308, reply #28 of 77)

I informed that's the kind of irreverence that went on in your kitchen anyway. Oh, I guess I shouldn't dredge that one up, dredge being the kind word.

MadMom's picture

(post #55308, reply #29 of 77)

Dredges bring up sludge, right?



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Ricks503's picture

(post #55308, reply #30 of 77)

Back in the dim ages, when I was a teen, we took a trip to Quebec, CA and had the owner serve us.  We had to laugh about it later - eating in an Italian restaurant, served by a french speaking oriental

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samchang's picture

(post #55308, reply #31 of 77)

While French and asian fusion has been the newsmaker, it's latin and asian food that has been the underground fusion cuisine. In Los Angeles, there is a chain of Thai restaurants for latinos, almost exclusively. And they're always packed. Both cuisines have very similar flavor profiles: take away the fish sauce, and a Thai roasted tomato sauce is exactly the same as a roasted salsa. Both have tomato, garlic, cilantro, chiles, onion, and lime. Cilantro, chiles, and lime are prized by both cuisines and make for a powerful flavor package that is instantly identifiable to either a central american or a south east asian.

On the Japanese front, Nobu would be anywhere as popular or revolutionary if not for his stint in Peru. Garlic in sushi? Spicy (as in tuna) rolls? Won't find that in Japan! Peru in fact gets my vote as the melting pot of the food world, where Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and latino foods intermingle with one another so seemlessly. My dish of the week is Peruvian--wok stir-fried linguine with Japanese soy sauce marinated chicken pieces in a green sauce made of cilantro, garlic, and chiles. The thing flat out sings in your mouth!

moxie's picture

(post #55308, reply #32 of 77)

 Yes, we have a bit of that here as well --- a place called China Latina comes to mind.


However, Wokamole? Not fusion cusine. Although I understand (having not gone in myself), that the $4.99 lunch special is your choice of enchiladas or kung pao chicken. With sweet tea.


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mer's picture

(post #55308, reply #33 of 77)

fyi, I don't believe that there are any oriental people. 

pamilyn's picture

(post #55308, reply #37 of 77)

According to the dictionary it could mean "An inhabitant of Asia; an Asian"

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Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #38 of 77)

It's a perfectly good word. I don't know why it's fallen into such disfavor as of late.



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pamilyn's picture

(post #55308, reply #40 of 77)

Political correctness. I don't know what is offensive about it though. Anyone care to enlighten Jean and I?

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Glenys's picture

(post #55308, reply #42 of 77)

Potically incorrect now beacause it's a dated reference use. At one time it was used to refer generically to China, Japan and other Asian cultures, lumped together. As we know they're distinctively different.
It's a bit like lumping all those in the West into the Occidental label, which sounds a bit odd now doesn't it?
I don't know about where you are but in order report news from that part of the world, and given our mix of ethnic groups, the term we hear used more often is Asian or South Asian. South Asian usually refers to those who may be Indian but not by nationality- Fijians, Srilanka, Pakistan.


Edited 8/26/2006 2:18 pm by Glenys

Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #46 of 77)

Well, I'm a dated reference too, but Pamilyn doesn't have that excuse. LOL



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mer's picture

(post #55308, reply #44 of 77)

The term is considered derogatory by many people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism_%28book%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental

Edited 8/26/2006 3:25 pm ET by MER


Edited 8/26/2006 3:51 pm ET by MER

pamilyn's picture

(post #55308, reply #45 of 77)

I didn't know it was deragatory. I still don't know what is offensive specifically. Wikpedia said it is considered deragotory in America but didn't say why, unless I missed it.

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Heather's picture

(post #55308, reply #47 of 77)

We have an older neighbor who constantly refers to my husband as Oriental--it is like nails on a blackboard. He will also say things like, "There were some Oriental kids who used to come into my office and they were so polite--it was amazing!" You know, the kind of person who would never think they were racist. Probably some of his best friends are Negros also. Although I doubt that.

Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #48 of 77)

The secret word is Older, and I'll bet he doesn't know you are offended. To me Asian and Oriental are synonymous. No offense intended.


Nor do I take offense when someone refers to people of my heritage as Dutch or Hollanders or even WoodenShoes.




My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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MadMom's picture

(post #55308, reply #49 of 77)

I think one has to look at the person making the statement, and the intent with which they made it.  Before she died, my mother had a black caregiver, who complained to me once that my Mom referred to her as "colored."  I explained that she was 80 years old, probably wasn't going to change, and certainly meant nothing by it.  After all, the NAACP uses that term, and surely they aren't racist. 



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pamilyn's picture

(post #55308, reply #59 of 77)

The correct term around here is "Brown" After all, not all black decendents are from Africa. Pamilyn

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samchang's picture

(post #55308, reply #50 of 77)

I don't think the term itself is derogatory: it is the cultural baggage asociated with the term. "Oriental" was used when xenophobia was raging throughout especially the west. The Chinese Exclusion Act was aimed at "Chinee (sic) orientals," the Japanese Internment Program was meant to control the "Eastern Oriental threat" (there having been posters made that shows a person how to tell a Chinese oriental from a Japanese oriental), and with all that baggage, there's only so much a term can take. Much like "negroid" or ""negra" or worse, it tells of a time of America's race based confusion and derision when its ethnic homogeneity was being challenged.

Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #51 of 77)

I guess my little Dutch ghetto was spared the raging xenophobia, and I'm thankful for that, although right after Pearl Harbor (I was only 6) the phrase "those dirty J***" was bandied about on occasion. I think mother covered my ears ;) and my 21 year old brother went off to enlist in the navy.



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
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pamilyn's picture

(post #55308, reply #60 of 77)

WOW, when you were 6 you had a 21 year old brother?????????

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Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #61 of 77)

Yes, and I idolized him, even if he did jump off the front porch railing with me when I was a tiny baby. LOL. Maybe that's why I've been afraid of heights all my life.


Here's a picture of the two of us.




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pamilyn's picture

(post #55308, reply #63 of 77)

I love the way he is looking at you. Is he still alive? were you the youngest and how many in between?

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Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #64 of 77)

No, sad to say he died last year, it was a blessing though, Parkinson's had made him a shadow of his former self. Yes, I am the youngest, I have another sister and brother in between. For a time each was a head taller than the next younger one. The folks loved to take pictures of us lined up like stairs steps. Too cute. ;)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Ricks503's picture

(post #55308, reply #62 of 77)

My sister is the eldest of 3 and there is an 8 year differance in age between sister and older brother and 8 years between older brother and me.  Sis is 16 years older than I am.

1 - measure the board twice, 2 - cut it once, 3 - measure the space where it is supposed to go        4 - get a new board and go back to step 1

 

 

" There'll be no living with her now" - Captain Jack Sparrow

marie-louise's picture

(post #55308, reply #52 of 77)

I'm sure you have meant no offense by using the word "oriental", but now that you know that it is like nails on a blackboard to those of Asian descent, won't you try and remember to use the word "Asian" from now on?

To get back to our regularly scheduled programming:

1) I like my Joyce Chen circulon woks. People scoffed at me on this site when I first said that. I felt vindicated when Barbara Tropp recommended them in Fine Cooking. I have both a round one & the flat-bottomed one that Barbara Tropp recommended.

2) Can someone PLEASE post that recipe for those noodles? (or tell me if the recipe is in one of those special editions?)


Edited 8/28/2006 9:34 am by marie-louise

Jean's picture

(post #55308, reply #53 of 77)

Well of course, just for my friends here. :)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
marie-louise's picture

(post #55308, reply #54 of 77)

I thought so. We're never too old to learn something new, right?