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Sep 27, 2013 02:33 AM

Round Bottom or Flat Bottom Wok?

I am considering buying a hand hammered wok from

I have heard around 14" is good, i will only be cooking for 1 or 2 people, maybe rarely 4 people.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Flat Bottom vs. Round Bottom woks?

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  1. To me, the question of round or flat is answered by what kind of cooktop you have. If you've got gas, go with round. Electric (including and especially induction), flat. 14" is a good all-purpose size for home use.

    1. I am a flat bottom wok fan. I have both and it is my flat bottom that gets the most use. I have gas right now but am transitioning to induction. I'm using a stand alone induction burner right at the moment. I really like the way the induction works with my wok.

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      1. re: Candy

        Hi, Candy:

        Since you have both round and flat, would you please explain something?

        When I wok (in my round one), the pool of oil is quite small, but it has some depth at the center. I imagine in a flat-bottomed one, the same volume of oil pools wider, shallower and to a uniform depth. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but don't they cook and drain differently?