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Old 02-24-2007, 07:30 PM   #31
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Personally I would go for the long wooden handle with the helper handle. I am used to long handles so I can move the wok around and flip stuff that way. Helper handles are always a good idea IMO. It is very much personal preference though. Once style is not necessarily better than the other.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:30 AM   #32
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totally agree with a number of the posts on here already - China town will have the best woks at the best prices - carbon steel ones heat up quickly, last forever and are very easy to look after. Just make sure you never use detergent to wash it up as it will lose its' patina.
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Old 03-08-2007, 06:29 AM   #33
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Well, since no one has told me to keep my insipid ideas to mayself (yet):

I live in SF, which likes to brag about having "the largest Chinese population outside Asia", BUT: I never go to Chinatown for shopping - there and 100's of tiny storefront shops stacked to the ceiling with just enough open floor space to navigate.
These places do not pay the outrageous rents in Chinatown. This makes the goods cost about 50-70% of the Chinatown prices (yes, the Grant Ave corridor in Chinatown has some of the most expensive rents in town, so the mark up is unbelievable.
Add to that the fact that Chinatown merchants live and die on the tourist trade, and selection is very limited.
So, if you want an authentic asian shop, look in the neighborhoods.

p.s. - completely OT: the reason Chinatowns exist is that, by law, persons of Asian extraction could not buy any real estate outside a designated area.
This pretty well guaranteed that such properties commanded premium prices.
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