The Origins of the Wok

A Brief History on the Origins of Wok Dishes

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The wok has become a widely used and extremely popular cooking pan that first found its home in the Eastern parts of ancient China. During its early years, the wok was used for roasting tea and drying out vegetables and meats. It’s unique shape – thin walls and shallow, round bottom – allow for a unique taste and aroma. This one-of-a-kind taste and smell is referred to by the Chinese as “wok-air,” which is what makes stir fry so downright delicious.

Why was the wok invented?

There are many hypotheses as to why the Chinese desired to create the wok. Some people believe it was due to the lack of food and the wok made it easy to cook multiple dishes without an abundance of ingredients. Others believe it was invented simply because the Chinese wanted something that was quick and easy for cooking. However, the most accepted reason for the invention of the wok is that people needed to preserve the fuel they had, as supply was extremely limited.

Is the wok the most versatile pan ever?

Honestly, it probably is. The wok is made from cast iron, carbon steel, copper, or even aluminum. They come in all different widths and heights and are used for a plethora of things. The wok is most commonly used for stir-frying, but let’s not forget steaming, pan frying, deep frying, poaching, boiling, braising, searing, stewing, smoking, roasting, and making soup.

Sukhothai Miami Beach’s Favorite Wok Dishes

The number of dishes you can construct with a wok is astounding. If we told you all of the possibilities, we’d be here forever. Instead, here are some of our absolute favorite wok food dishes that we offer at Sukhothai Miami Beach.

Kung Pao, perhaps one of the most widely known Asian dishes in America, includes a lightly breaded protein of your choice, sauteed with dried red chilies, sesame oil, scallions, carrots, and broccoli. Once the dish is plated, it’s topped with peanuts, creating a crunchy and salty bite.

One of our fan-favorites is the Coconut Thai Curry wok dish. Your choice of chicken, tofu, veggies, beef, or shrimp sauteed in a rich coconut curry sauce with broccoli, red bell peppers, carrots, onions and scallions. The thing with wok food is it may be simple, but it packs a flavorful punch.

In the mood for something zingy and refreshing? Our Crispy Orange Peel is sure to satisfy your craving. Pick your protein and it’s sauteed in a sweet chili garlic orange sauce with carrots and scallions, and then topped with sesame seeds and fresh orange zest.

You’ve heard of it before, but you’ve never had it this good. Our Honey Garlic wok dish is made with your favorite crispy protein, tossed in a honey garlic glaze sauce, pickled ginger, scallions and red bell pepper. The best part? It’s served over a crispy bed of noodles and nutty sesame seeds.

I bet you’re in the mood for some fire wok food right about now. Head on over to Sukhothai Miami Beach and we promise to take care of you. We’ll see you there.

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