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Interesting Wok failure

NewEnglandEggerNewEnglandEgger Posts: 104
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
I ran into something new with my wok cooking tonight. Was attempting a simple chicken dish that I have done several times successfully. This time...the chicken was burned on the outside within 45 to 60 seconds. I had not previously worried much about the oil getting too hot. Tonight I was wok'ing in the rain, and I had a pretty red hot bed of coals going on. So...was it purely a matter of the peanut oil being too hot? Or did the rain hitting the oil contribute? If just a matter of overheated oil, how do you regulate that? The only other difference was that I added some of the new Dizzy Pig Bombay-ish to my normal seasoning. There is no sugar in it, so not sure it was a factor. Tom


  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,339
    I'm not Howdy Doody/VI, but my best guess is your oil was too hot.

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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,908
    I also think the wok was too hot and possible did not have enough oil to coat the wok bowl and chicken.  When I do meat or poultry like that I like to stir it rapidly to keep from burning and sticking.  If anything the rain should have helped keep the wok temp down.
  • The other night I kept my wok on the coals for about 30 minutes while prepping food. My peanut oil smoked so badly I couldn't get near it and any oil evaporated within seconds. After 30 seconds or so away from the fire, the wok was cool enough it held oil without smoking. I proceeded with dinner as planned.

    Unfortunately I left my wok outside that night and came home the next day to a rusty wok.

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  • NDGNDG Posts: 1,312
    Where is VI? Gary was the reason I became obsessive about this forum, but haven't seen any posts from him recently . . Hmmmmm
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 8,339
    NDG said:

    Where is VI? Gary was the reason I became obsessive about this forum, but haven't seen any posts from him recently . . Hmmmmm

    He's around...only Gary plates like Gary so just be observant.

    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
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