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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!

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  1. Hey Ted, try Uwajimaya store in Seattle's Chinatown South.

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    1. re: diamond dave

      Thanks diamond dave... a friend who lived in Seattle suggested them and they were my first stop.

    2. 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.

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      1. re: amazinc

        Could not find anything on google... will ask around... Thanks amazinc.

        babette feasts on another posting just told me about Dong Vinh on Utah Street.

      2. Ted:

        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.

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        1. re: kaleokahu

          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!

          1. re: tedinfridayharbor

            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.

            1. re: Westy

              Agree completely... got a Dexter when all was said and done. Use it everyday.

        2. 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

          1. For knives, check out City Kitchen. They sell more Shun knives than any other retailer in Washington state, and also have an excellent selection of other knife brands.

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            1. Went to Dong Vihn's and found lots of things I could not do without! Unfortunately, I had forgot to take my wallet, but they kind enough to ship. Next trip to Seattle Uwajimaya is on the list. Thanks to all for your suggestions.

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              1. re: tedinfridayharbor

                Uwajimaya is a fun stop just for looking but I wouldn't buy anything there. It's Japanese imports and high-priced. Walk east from there and stop in the shops in Chinatown to see what they have. Then go further east up to the Viet Wah and buy what you need there. They have a big selection of food, cookware, utensils, dishes, etc. for the best prices.

                You'll also find some great Vietnamese food in the neighborhood, or you can backtrack down to Chinatown for Dim Sum.


                1. re: paikra

                  Thanks paikra... Looking forward to exploring Chinatown next trip to Seattle... Really appreciate the advice.

              2. Just got back from Seattle this evening. And I can vouch that Uwajimaya would not be a good place to look for Chinese cookware. I love to look around for cookware, and look highly on those places that have good quality, large selection, and at a reasonable price as well. And unfortunately Uwajimaya is not one of those places.

                In fact I was quite disappointed with the selection of woks there. They had them but they were all Helen/Joyce Chen brand, both non-stick and carbon steel variants. Most, if not all were the flat bottom woks, and they did not carry many types of wok accessories either.

                I too was looking to find some place which sold Chinese cookware. Was staying at my buddy's place for the week, and I offered to cook while I was there to sort of pay my way in sorts. So I looked here and couldn't find the restaurant stuff. No round bottom woks, and not a single wok ladle or turner either. I would suggest other places, which I tried to find in the International district, but didn't have enough time. Sorry can't provide anywhere you can buy, but I can say that the U does not have what we are looking for.

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                1. re: Jvsgabriel

                  Thanks for the reply... I ended up going to Dong Vinh, a restaurant supply in SODO... check it out next time you are in Seattle.

                2. City Kitchens is on Fourth Street, uptown near Pike/pine. They have terrific sales on most everything, including knives. I no longer live in the Seattle, but I still buy from them via phone
                  orders. Just today I'm ordering some of thiose brightly colored kitchen knives at only $7 each if you buy 6. They are also featuring microplane citrus tool for $5 off, or so. Since they don't have a store in Texas, I don't have to pay sales tax which covers the shipping costs and they are such pleasant folks tobuy from. It's worth it to be on their e-mail list.