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Sep 1, 2011 08:26 AM

Good place to get a cast-iron wok in toronto?

Hi all,

Since I just got through a kitchen reno and got myself a Bluestar gas oven from Costco (great deal, that!) I've wanted to get into wok cooking.

After some research I had decided to go with a carbon steel wok; I've checked nikolau but they didn't have quite what I was looking for, and eventually I visited Tap Phong and found a 16" (!!) cantonese-style carbon steel wok for $18 that seems pretty good.

However now I realize I'd also like to try a traditional northern-style cast iron wok as well, maybe a 12-14" wok. Not an american-made, thick-walled wok but rather a chinese style, fragile, thin-walled cast iron wok with a handle and relatively steep walls.

Does anyone have any idea where I can find such a wok in the GTA?


Tap Phong
360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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  1. I got one in the Pacific Mall.

    1. Tap Phong on Spadina. Hundreds of them!


      Tap Phong
      360 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

      1. the cast iron woks are awesome (except when taking the food out of the wok...those things are heavy).
        i bought mine from Cook's Place on the Danforth. They had to special order a lid for me (and you need a lid to do proper asian cooking).
        another option is Kitchen Stuff Plus. they also sell cast iron woks.

        1. If you are ever in Markham, I would check out the Chinese housewares stores. There is one in Market Village, Pacific Mall, Peachtree Plaza (hwy 7 and Kennedy), First Markham Place...pretty much every single Chinese mall has one of these housewares stores. Of course the stock varies from store to store but all of them will carry woks.

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          1. re: sweetie

            chinese stores don't usually have cast iron, if my memory's correct

            1. re: atomeyes

              They have both, the cast iron ones usually have a flat bottom, whereas the carbon steel restaurant style woks are rounded.

              There's also a kitchenware shop in the Warden & Steeles T&T plaza, they have both types there.

          2. There's a Chinese restaurant supply store on Kennedy Rd, south of Steeles Ave, on the East side, south of the Petro-Canada and the Active Green & Ross/Speedy.

            , Haileybury, ON P0J, CA

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            1. re: dachopstix

              It is Reliable, 3477 Kennedy Rd. They give you a hefty discount if paying cash.

              1. re: jayt90

                I dropped by Reliable on sunday and they only carry carbon steel woks. Some of the houseware shops in pacific mall carry some flat bottom cast iron woks but I hope to find a round bottom wok if possible.

                1. re: gegtik

                  So far in the GTA, I have only seen flat-bottom cast iron woks. Oddly, considering the large Chinese population here, we don't have a really good wok store like San Francisco or New York (though Reliable is great in its own way). You can mail order from here:


                  1. re: hari mirch

                    I've been considering mail ordering from the wok shop, though it's been fun finding new chinese kitchen stores in the city. I'm going to try to drop by Mississauga's little chinatown plaza to find out if they have any, and if not I guess it's for me!

                    1. re: gegtik

                      You can, however, easily get cast iron karhais very cheaply from Indian/Pakistani stores, e.g. Iqbal's in Thorncliffe. While not exact the same shape/gauge as a Chinese wok, they are serviceable. I don't know if you'd find the size you are looking for. My cheap iron karhai seasoned very quickly and has maintained its seasoning, even though I primarily use it for cooking acidic sauces. (The seasoning comes from the long slow frying of the onions, ginger, garlic and chiles).