This Christmas my husband bought me a Joyce-Chen-carbon-steel-14inch-flat-bottomed-wok-with-wooden-handles-and-utensils. When he asked what was on my Christmas wish-list, this rattled off my tongue almost as fast as Ralphie and his “official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time”.
Of course, being the thorough researcher that my husband is, he also presented me with the ultimate guide and cookbook to go along: The Breath of a Wok by Grace Young and Alan Richardson. Simply WOW. Gifts to make a dietitian swoon.
Thus, we are spending our 12 days of Christmas carefully seasoning and slowly unlocking the secrets to wok cuisine. It has been a delight, as well as a great start to the 2023 year, filled with lots of fresh vegetables and new adventures in cooking. We wish you your own culinary adventures this coming year! Here are a few ideas for your inspiration. ~ Megan
For tips on various seasoning methods and some wok history, I highly recommend the book mentioned above. Here we are doing a first seasoning with high-temperature oil and green onions (that get thrown away) for flavoring. Our first couple dishes were a take on kung pao chicken (using tofu) and lemony scallops and noodles. Yum!
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