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Wok Skills 101: How to Steam in a Wok

J. Kenji López-Alt 12 comments

I've long-touted the wok as the most versatile pan in the kitchen. Now I aim to prove that claim. Each day this week, we'll pick a different basic cooking technique the wok excels at, along with a couple simple recipes to highlight them. We'll cover steaming, frying, stir-frying, smoking, braising. Up first: steaming More

Simple Pork and Scallion Dumplings

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 10 comments

Learn about the basics of bamboo steamers here. About the author: After graduating from MIT, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt spent many years as a chef, recipe developer, writer, and editor in Boston. He now lives in New York with his wife.... More

Equipment: How to Buy a Wok

How To J. Kenji López-Alt 52 comments

A good wok is one of the most versatile pans in the kitchen. Beyond being the best choice for a stir fry, it's also the ideal vessel for deep-frying, steaming, and indoor smoking. But as with most things, not all woks are created equal. They come in a dizzying array of sizes, shapes, metals, and handle arrangements. Fortunately for all of us, the best woks also happen to be on the inexpensive end of the scale. Here are some things to consider when you buy one. More

Gift Guide: For the Asian Food Lover

Seriously Asian Chichi Wang 2 comments

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. Zojirushi 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker: Not only does this model have a larger 5-cup capacity, but it also comes with more features than the 3-cup model. White rice can be set to be "regular," "softer," or "harder." Sweet (glutinous) rice and semibrown rice are additional options. This model also happens to be the only Zojirushi rice cooker that's equipped with the "reheating cycle." Available online at cooking.com, $194.95 Bamboo Steamer: Those who have only steamed with stainless steel racks or inserts will appreciate the difference a bamboo steamer makes. Wicking off excess moisture, the wood naturally absorbs the droplets of water that... More

Seriously Asian: The Function of Cornstarch

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 18 comments

Principles of Stir-Fry, Part Three [Flickr: velostricken] Previously Principles of Stir-Fry, Part One » Principles of Stir-Fry, Part Two » All Seriously Asian coverage » A good stir-fry is an exercise in organization and timing. Like all orchestrated events, the... More

Seriously Asian: The Passing Through Technique

Serious Eats Chichi Wang 7 comments

Principles of Stir-Fry, Part Two Wok-fried fish with vegetables, made using the passing through technique. Previously Principles of Stir-Fry, Part One » All Seriously Asian coverage » In Chinese households, home cooks stir-fry dishes but they bear little resemblance to... More

Seriously Asian: Searching for the Perfect Wok

Seriously Asian Chichi Wang 26 comments

I started my search for the perfect wok by gathering information about the different materials available: carbon steel, cast iron, and aluminum. Find out which performed best. More

Dinner Tonight: Warm Salad of Shrimp, Zucchini, and Chili

Serious Eats Blake Royer 3 comments

Using a wok when preparing this recipe will make all the difference, especially if it's the real carbon steel kind that can take any heat. Mine was smoking like crazy. A big non-stick skillet will work fine, but it's harder... More

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