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Old 04-06-2008, 06:41 AM   #11
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thanks for the replies,

can you recommend good commercial cooking ranges?
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:08 AM   #12
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I think wok is just a chinese version of the frying pan.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:31 AM   #13
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Whirlpool is the maker of my range, pretty good.
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:20 AM   #14
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While a wok and a frying pan can generally be used interchangeably, the shape of the wok is what gives it a lot more functionality.

Most woks you see in in America have a small flat-bottomed area so that they dont tip/slide around on the stove. That flat part will work just the same as a frying pan does. As for the rest of the wok, the heat dissipates more quickly the as you go higher up on the side of it. The way to take advantage of this is by doing whats known as stir fry, where basically, your longest-cooking ingredients go in first into a super-hot wok, get mostly cooked, and then you begin adding your quicker-cooking ingredients. As you add your quicker-cooking ingredients, you stir the longer-cooking food out of the middle of the pan and up the sloping sides. With practice, this allows you to have a lot more temperature control in preparing 1 pot/ 1 pan style meals than you would with a normal frying pan, and if it's super hot like its intended to be, most of those meals will be completed in less than 5 minutes.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:45 PM   #15
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I think College Cook has pretty much nailed it.

If I am going to pan fry a steak, or anything relatively large, I am going to grab a frying pan. The heat will be 'relatively' uniform over the surface.

The wok's beauty is the differential in heat as one goes from the bottom upwards.

Have a number of woks and was never able to use them successfully on a regular electric stove. Maybe it was just me. And bought an electric wok and it just was no go. Again, maybe me. Now have a gas stove and the woks are great.

You can do anything in a frying pan that you can do in a wok. It may take a bit of maneuvering but it can be done. But not the other way around. I would not want to pan fry a T-bone in a wok.

But woks are great tools and a lot of fun to use.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:51 PM   #16
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You can do anything in a frying pan that you can do in a wok. It may take a bit of maneuvering but it can be done. But not the other way around. I would not want to pan fry a T-bone in a wok.
Not true. You can make soup in a wok. You can not do that in a fry pan. You can also deep fry in a wok, but not a fry pan.
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