Shanghai - Looking for Good Place to Buy Traditional Wok
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FYI - the references to the "wok man" in Shanghai where Grace Young (cookbook author) found hers are no longer valid, the shop where those were manufactured is now a park after redevelopment (according to Google maps satellite view of the address).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.
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
Open daily, about twenty minutes in a taxi from downtown.
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/...