When we bought our house two years ago, the previous owner left a wok attachment for the stove. A thoughtful gesture, but since I didn’t own a wok, I’ve never used it.
I’m excited! I got my first wok! We love stir-frys and don’t know why we chose not to get one sooner. I guess I thought using a standard saute pan sufficed. Now that I’ve got my TeChef wok, I don’t think I can ever see doing that again.
Cabbage and Snow Pea Yakitori Stir-fry is a low-calorie, nutrient dense vegan dish that satisfies that craving for take-out.So, what do I like about it?
Well, for starters, it’s the right tool for the job. A saute pan’s lower sides allow food to “hop” over the edge like a rabbit in a receding hare line. The wok’s higher sides and hollowed shape minimize that mess and are more conducive for pushing foods to the sides.
I like the TeChef wok in particular, though, because it’s got the new PFOA-free Teflon coating. The American Cancer Society links PFOA, a man-made chemical found in traditional Teflon, to cancer. Further epidemiology studies link PFOA to ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. If that’s not enough to make you run in the kitchen and discard your old Teflon pans, some studies link PFOA to liver toxicity, developmental delays, and hormonal disruptions.
So, for this health-nut, I insist that all my cooking pots be PFOA free.
Even though we don’t own an induction stove-top, we are transitioning all of our cookware to induction-ready because induction stoves are slowly replacing traditional cooktops. While you can use induction ready pans on a conventional burner, the inverse is not true. You cannot use regular pans on induction stovetops.
Since David has already soldered some irreplaceable parts to repair our stove, we know we will need to replace it soon. We are planning ahead and transitioning all of our cookware to they induction type.
Metal Safe Nonstick surface
Since I do not own any metal cooking utensils, I am unable to confirm this, but the TeChef wok is supposed to be metal safe. They claim you can even use abrasive scouring pads. However, when I hand washed mine, I found scrubbing unnecessary. Even after sitting for several hours, stuck-on food debris came off with a light sponging with regular dish detergent.
I did test the non-stick properties, though. As you can see in this video, I didn’t even spritz the pan with oil. Yet, nothing stuck! Cleaning the pan, both inside and outside, was a breeze.
Snow Pea and Cabbage Yakitori Stir-Fry
Special thanks to TeChef for sending me their fabulous wok so I could test it out. I do genuinely love it.