Wok Wednesdays

Since 2012 I have led an online group of stir-fry enthusiasts called Wok Wednesdays. We started out cooking our way through author, wok historian, and stir-fry expert Grace Young's seminal cookbook "Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge." This fall we finished the last recipe and rather than call it a wrap we decided to move on to another of Grace's books, "The Breath of a Wok."

 

One of this month's recipes was Uncle Sherman's Home-Style Chicken and Vegetables, and as I'd been gone most of September I was eager to fire up my wok and get back in the stir-fry swing of things. Bonus - one of our friends had just bought this beauty:

 

A date was set, supplies were bought, and we prepared for a backyard stir-fry adventure! Well, to be quite honest we went for the "fry" part first and made crab rangoon and fried Thai-style chicken wings as appetizers.

 

But we go to the stir-fry, and using the propane burner really bumped the wok hay up a notch! This was seriously the most fun I've ever had stir-frying; I was really able to get a sense of how amazing a wok can be when used with the proper heat. 

The stir-fry itself was delicious, with beautifully tender chicken (I used thigh meat instead of the breast the recipe called for) and delicious, still-firm vegetables. No soggy wet mess here! [Confession: we were so excited to try the stir-fry that we all forgot take a picture of the finished dish!]

Wok Wednesdays has truly been a wonderful journey of learning for me. When I met Grace back in 2012 I had no idea that I would go on to create this group with her blessing, to work with her all these years, and to build a movement that has inspired thousands of people to take up stir-frying. I began as a newbie and now find myself asked to give stir-fry demos, I travel with my wok, and I often find myself wondering how I can turn a regular recipe into a stir-fry instead. A whole new world of flavors, techniques, and culture has opened up for me.

If you want to learn more about Wok Wednesdays visit our blog, or better yet, join our Facebook group! Before you know it you'll be on your way to becoming a certified wok warrior!