HOME > Chowhound > China & Southeast Asia >
What have you made lately? Get great advice

Shanghai - Looking for Good Place to Buy Traditional Wok

JD3 Aug 28, 2011 08:12 AM

Hello -

I will be traveling to Shanghai for a week in September and am looking for a shop to purchase a traditional Wok.

Does anyone have any advice on where I should shop - either specific stores or market areas where they might sell these?

I do not speak Chinese and would likely be shopping on a Saturday.

FYI - the references to the "wok man" in Shanghai where Grace Young (cookbook author) found hers are no longer valid, the shop where those were manufactured is now a park after redevelopment (according to Google maps satellite view of the address).

Any suggestions are welcomed.

Many thanks,


  1. shanghaifoodaddict Aug 29, 2011 05:01 PM

    John, although you can find woks in every mop and bucket shop in Shanghai (I call them this because of the colourful mops and buckets hanging outside, making them easy to identify) they tend to be of cheaper quality.

    The best one-stop selection can be found at The Shanghai Kitchen Market:

    Shanghai Hotel Equipment Company
    345-349 Aomen Lu, between Jiangning Lu and Changhua Lu
    Putuo District
    +8621 62669988

    Open daily, about twenty minutes in a taxi from downtown.

    上海酒店设备股份有限公司; 澳门路345-349号

    You can just wander the aisles of this multifloor indoor market and choose what you'd like then pay at the cashier on exit, no Chinese required unless you need to ask a question. Their woks are traditional style and come in many sizes from domestic right up to gargantuan.

    Pics and more info here: http://www.lifeonnanchanglu.com/2010/...

    2 Replies
    1. re: shanghaifoodaddict
      JD3 Aug 30, 2011 10:33 AM

      Thank you!

      Can you please tell me (if you know) whether they take"plastic", or is it cash only?

      1. re: JD3
        shanghaifoodaddict Aug 30, 2011 09:17 PM

        You're welcome!

        I'm not sure, but it's generally safer in Shanghai to assume that nowhere except the big department stores take cards - come prepared with cash.

    Show Hidden Posts