Looking for a good wok (indirectly food-related)
Where in town can I found a good wok at a reasonable price? I recall purchasing a wok from Chinatown somewhere but at the time it only cost me like $8, and then the thing kept rusting (i had to keep oiling it to prevent rust). Then the thing combusted anyway...
Would appreciate any pointers!
Go to Tap Phong on Spadina (on the west side, between St. Andrews and Baldwin). It's a huge store - with lots of woks at the front. BUT if you want a good heavy duty one, go to the back of the store where they sell the restaurant-quality ones. They are not expensive and beat the cheapie thin ones at the front of the store by a mile.
By the way - a good wok will rust. You have to season it like cast iron, then each time after using and washing (I wash mine) give it a thin coat of veg. oil. My wok is over 30 years old and still going strong. I might have paid $5 for it.
Forget the wok and buy a big heavy-gauge stainless steel sauteuse as wide as will fit on your biggest burner and about 5 inches high. Buy professional quality and don't stint on the $$$$ : it will last you forever. I use mine for sautéing and for simmering/stewing (the very heavy bottom ideal for this too!). Check out Nikolaou at 629 Queen St. W for reasonable prices. NEVER be cheap when it comes to knives,pots and pans : it doesn't pay.