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Woklessness

I'm reading a book which tells me that 65% of British households own a wok. C. wondered if we even know wokless people. I'm convinced we do. I'm certain that scads of you are wokless. Am I right?

Do you or your household own at least one wok?

I am British and/or live in Britain and own a wok.
52(46.8%)
I am British and/or live in Britain and do NOT own a wok.
19(17.1%)
I am not British nor do I live in Britain, but I do own a wok.
25(22.5%)
I am not British nor do I live in Britain, and I do NOT own a wok.
15(13.5%)

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owlfish
May. 28th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Do you ever need to use them simultaneously?
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sandy_williams
May. 28th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I used to own a wok, but it took up too much space and I rarely ever used it. Could basically do the same thing with a pan.
sollersuk
May. 28th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
I couldn't do without being able to push the items that are most done up out of the heat.
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sioneva
May. 28th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure where I read it but some Asian cookbook said that if you don't have a specialized wok burner, there's actually not much point in owning a wok, because you can't heat the sides well anyway, so you might as well just use a good skillet.

I use an Ikea stainless steel frying pan and it works FAR better than our nonstick wok (which lost all of its nonstick onto our FOOD) did.
sioneva
May. 28th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Also, I'm AmeriBritish. Do I count? ;)
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the_lady_lily
May. 28th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I am a special snowflake! I am British but do not live in Britain! And, incidentally, we do not own a wok.
owlfish
May. 28th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
That's why I used "and/or", just so it would include special snowflakes like you.
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de_nugis
May. 28th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I am not British, nor do I live in Britain, and I have legal title to a wok, but it is in a storage compartment in Gonzales, LA, which is a long way away from here.

I miss many of the things in that storage compartment, but the wok is not much on my mind.
rozk
May. 28th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Not only do I own a wok - I cooked with it tonight (veggie and red rice stirfry).
tisiphone
May. 28th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I should clarify that I used to own a wok until quite recently, but my ruthless de-stuffing has left me wokless.
esmeraldus_neo
May. 28th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I, an American residing in the US with my British partner, own a wok.
friend_of_tofu
May. 28th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Only very strange, or extremely impoverished, people don't own a wok! This is my prejudice and I'm sticking with it. A wok is, to me, the single most useful cooking vessel in existence.
owlfish
May. 28th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to believe that 35% of British households are very strange. :)

Edited to correct my arithmetic.

Edited at 2010-05-28 10:36 pm (UTC)
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coraa
May. 28th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I do have a wok, but I need to get a better one. I want something heavier that will retain heat better.
supertinks
May. 28th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
I have two (rather cheap) woks, but our tendency to immediately fill them with soapy water after cooking "to make it easier to wash them up" and then leaving them soaking for several days or more has meant they're both gently rusting away!
owlfish
May. 28th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
One advantage of having invested in a moderately-expensive wok: we always have a really good incentive to wash and dry it promptly, to avoid needing a new one. I'm sure I wouldn't be so diligent if it were more disposable.
jandersoncoats
May. 28th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
The people I live with won't eat food you cook in a wok.

We do own a number of cast-iron skillets, however.
mac_stone
May. 28th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yep. Non-British, and non-wok-owning, here. But I couldn't cook without various cast-iron skillets.
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chickenfeet2003
May. 28th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorta kinda British and I own two woks
tammabanana
May. 29th, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
I have a wok but only use it rarely. Uh. That is to say, I use it for its intended purpose only rarely. I use it to hold candy or granola bars quite often.
clanwilliam
May. 29th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I object to your binary description, since I live in the UK, have an upbringing that is very close to that of the average UK citizen, but am emphatically not a UK citizen (note, I *am* a British[1] person geographically, after all, but definitely not British in the way you mean).

And I do not own a wok at the moment. I use my flatmate's non-stick one. However, when I get the chance to redo the kitchen, the gas hob will include a wok ring which will be the most used ring on the hob. [2]

And I will head down to Chinatown, buy n in the series of decent woks, prove it the way my mother taught me[3] and yell at G if he tries to wash it without my authority.

[1] Celtic nations, after all.
[2] I had an English Chinese colleague who told me that her parent had a friend who had a rig in the back garden to provide appropriate levels of heat for her woks. She told this story to amaze non-Chinese colleagues - she was equally amazed that I went "of course she did!"
[3] Ma taught me how to prove an iron frying pan. It turns out it's identical to proving a wok.
desperance
May. 29th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
So what's your mother's proving method?
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