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Old 03-21-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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When to use a wok and when to use a frying pan

hello,

i am trying to understand when to use a wok and when to use a frying pan.

my feeling is that one uses a wok when you have lots of small things to fry (e.g. mushroom, peas, noodles, shrimps) and one uses a pan when you have few big pieces to fry (strips of meat..)

additionally when you need to deep fry, a wok is better.

to fry cottage cheese, the round wok would not work, but the flat bottom wok would work.

what do you guys/gals think?

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Old 03-21-2008, 03:47 PM   #2
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hello,

i am trying to understand when to use a wok and when to use a frying pan.

my feeling is that one uses a wok when you have lots of small things to fry (e.g. mushroom, peas, noodles, shrimps) and one uses a pan when you have few big pieces to fry (strips of meat..)

additionally when you need to deep fry, a wok is better.

to fry cottage cheese, the round wok would not work, but the flat bottom wok would work.

what do you guys/gals think?
Pretty much anything you can prepare in wok, you can prepare in a frying pan. The advantage of a wok, is that it is deeper, and holds more ingreds. Have not deep-fried anything in a wok, so can't help you there. If you get the oil hot enough, using the right frying pan, you can stir-fry most anything. Never heard of frying cottage cheese. Can you share? TIA
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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Amy is right. A wok is just a specialized frying pan.

If you want to deep fry cottage cheese or anything else, leave both the wok and frying pan in the cabinet nad use a dutch oven.
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:30 PM   #4
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frying cottage cheese is part of a south asian recipe.
after frying the cheese, you cook it in tomatoes, pepper, salt, green chillies.

let me dig up the recipe, should be online, ah here is a nice video

tried to share the link, but the board does not allow me, i have got less than 20 posts. if you google paneer, it is one of the videojug links, in my case it was the 4th link from the top
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Old 03-21-2008, 05:55 PM   #5
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can a dutch oven be used over a hob?
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Old 03-21-2008, 06:07 PM   #6
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Yes, see above.
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:22 PM   #7
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I use a wok for deep frying and large stir fry/pan fry recipes. Like someone said earlier, a wok is, in actuality, a very large frying pan.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:10 AM   #8
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thanks for the replies,

i used the wok for deep frying prawn toast. turned out quite well
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:42 AM   #9
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You'll need a commercial range to get the wok up to the PROPER btus. With that kind of heat, you'd also need a commerical exhaust hood. A great solution is to use your wok on a grill as it can get hot enough and is open air.

With that being said, obviouly you can use the wok on any surface.
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:09 PM   #10
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can a dutch oven be used over a hob?

In modern terms of cooking a dutch oven is simply a heavy based pan like a "le crusuet pan" - heavy witha tight fitting lid!!!!!

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