WHERE TO BUY IN SEATTLE: CHINESE COOKWARE ACCESSORIES
- tedinfridayharbor Feb 26, 2011 02:34 PM
I recently dug out my wok after about 25 years in storage and am ready to once again conquer Chinese Stir-Fry... but, I have lost all my accessories, including my chef's knife. Coming to civilization soon and need advice for a good source... Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Umpitty-ump years ago, when I lived in the area, there was a store called "Hoven's" (or something similiar) in the International District. It had everything you could imagine for Chinese cookery at rediculously low prices, sort of a Chinese "five and dime". Uwajimaya is a great source, but far more expensive. See if the other place is still there for great bargains.
There are 6 or so Japanese knife experts here on this board waiting for you to frame a question like: "Getting Back Into Asian cooking: Which Knife?" You will get a huge and knowledgeable response. I, myself, am less knowledgeable.
Youir duplicate thread already sent you to Dong Vinh.
Good idea, kaleokahu. I took Chinese Cooking Classes in the 70's as a way to invite my dates to my house and impress them... it worked! Now I am going to be impressing my grandchildren with my stir-fry skills. I had 3 instructors, including Martin Yan, and my first was a young woman who had just arrived from Taiwan. She was using and suggested a Dexter Chef Knife as the one to get. So I did, but it has gone by the wayside in many moves. In reading around, some are saying that they are not made the same and do not hold an edge. I will follow your suggestion!
I use my Dexter cleaver at least 5 or 6 nights a week and it not only takes an edge well, it holds it. Still well balanced and weighted.
There are those here who will claim that only some cleaver made by a fifteenth generation japanese sword-maker will do, but...for the money, and if all you want to do is cook (not satisfy some knife fetish) Dexters still rock.
In the north suburbs there are:
HMart - near Alderwood Mall, Korean megamart
99Ranch - California Chinese (Edmonds on Hwy 99)
An asian restaurant supply store - just of Hwy 99 around 200th in Lynnwood
Seattle Restaurant Supply - Hwy 99 in Shoreline