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Apr 26, 2008 11:29 AM

Where to buy carbon steel wok in GTA?

I'm looking for a carbon steel wok with a round bottom, brand name or looks doesn't matter, as long as it's good quality and will last (preferably restaurant grade).

Any suggestions for stores I can buy locally in GTA (preferably North York, Scarborough or nearby).

I see some in chinese grocery stores (don't know about their quality)., and awhile back I've come across one chinese restaurant supply store on Kennedy just south of Steeles, but I haven't been back there in awhile.


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  1. Dunno about the north part of town but I have a great one I got at Tap Phong on Spadina Avenue for something silly like $15. It took some work to get it seasoned, but it's on the list of things I'd save in a fire after the dogs, the laptop and the Tim Curry-autographed Rocky Horror album.

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    1. re: SherylKirby

      Go to the back of the store - along the back wall - and that's where you'll find the restauarant woks. At the front of the store are a lot of stainless and other stuff - the back's where they hide the carbon steel.

      1. Some cooks swear by hammered carbon steel woks. They seem to be slightly heavier, and diffuse the heat differently. I don't know how much longer we will have them, as hammered copper has all but disappeared, and hammered cymbals are also rare. Too much painstaking hand labour, yet the price is still reasonable.

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        1. re: jayt90

          I found a lot of the 16" hammered carbon steel woks (round bottom) at a chinese restaurant supplies store in Scarborough (just south of Pacific Mall). It was pretty big and heavy, probably good for for big families. I ended up getting a 14" wok, only $16 + tax. It comes in a wood handle or all steel handle. I was worried the steel handle would get too hot while cooking.

          Reliable Restaurant Supplies & Renovation Co Ltd in Scarborough
          3477 Kennedy Road
          Scarborough, ON, M1V 3Z7
          416 297 9612

          1. re: Royaljelly

            Thanks for this address. I'll probably drop by to pick up a new wok in the very near future. :)

            For the time being, I've dug out a very old wok which has rust at the exterior's bottom and some rust inside. How do I remove the rust??? Can I salvage this wok and start using it again for cooking ASAP?

            Suggestions anyone?

            1. re: YummyYummy

              Absolutely you can salvage it. Scrub thoroughly with something like an SOS pad, let dry and then re-season as you would a new wok. I found an old wok discarded in a pile of scrap metal and did just that. It's better than anything you could buy new.

        2. Nikolau on queen west. More expensive than tap phong but you can have a conversation with him about it and its worth the extra 15 bucks if you are unsure

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