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Beef and Chicken Wok

Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
edited January 2013 in EggHead Forum
Haven't wok'ed in a long time.  Did beef and chicken tonight.  It had asparagus, broccoli, shredded carrot, snow peas, onions, peppers, and mushrooms.  I seldom follow a recipe, I just use what looks good.  I used an off the shelf sesame and ginger sauce (which I was worried about but turned out good).  Ginger, garlic and peanut oil of course.

This was the hottest wok I've ever done,  I mean flames in the wok hot.  I got away with only one little burn.  I moved the wok from the heat to rest in my cold LBGE wearing Ovgloves and using welding gloves like pot holders.

Flash photography killed the flames in the pics, but it was roaring all around, and I was wearing welding gloves to stir.

This turned out darned good.  The meat was well seared, the veggies cooked, and the mushrooms al dente.

Read the captions on the pics to see how it went.  A lot of pics so it will take me a few minutes to post.

BTW that really is tea in the cup.

Pics to follow.

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Or you just get a few nasty burns.  You'll live. :)

    Black hole cat is stealin' the space between your post and your pics ;)


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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    Bad kitty.  One big pic posts, it I don't do them as a comment I can't see them when I come back.


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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    Wow, looks great, sorry for being obnoxious - long week and I'm pumped up it's the weekend....(egg is fired up too)
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  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    I didn't think you were obnoxious, but that is a bad kitty.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    We have 4 of 'em.  We're crazy cat peoplez.  Seriously though, looks great.  I need to do a wok shoot, I'm feeling like I don't contribute much in that area, as opinionated on woks as I am... :D
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    Which exact wok is that from the wok shop?
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    Got that from the Ceramic Grill Store.  It is 16 inch diameter.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    And are you cooking on the XL in that pic?
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    Yes, XL, Woo, wok.

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  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    Sorry but last question...what kind of beef did you use?
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    edited January 2013
    They labeled it Shoulder Cut London Broil.  That is BS and someone here will know better what it was.  I chose it because I could see that it would have a very good across the grain cut (much better than what they regularly call London Broil).  I was able to cut it very thin with a good knife.

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  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 2,734
    Beeyootiful!!! =P~
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    Here's a piece of leftover beef.

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  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    Any thoughts on this one?  I am an Amazon junkie because I don't have to wait for my product to arrive.

    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    I'm not really the go to guy for equipment.  I like mine, but I am not knowledgeable about all the aspects of choosing a new one.  Wait until the gurus chime in or PM (off the top of my head) Village Idiot or Nolo.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    Cool thanks.  I am sure they will chime in.
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    r270ba said:
    That's the same one I bought a couple weeks ago - it's a real honest-to-god wok like the ones Chinese use. A good deal.   I think it's the same one the ceramic store or one of those places sells, about the same price but free shipping.  I have a thread on seasoning it - look at my threads.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    As long as we're straying a bit, someone tell me about cast iron woks.

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  • Proper stir frying takes a lot of study.  You can't just buy a wok, put it on a fire, and throw some food on it and call it stir frying.  There are many nuances in the techniques, the sauces, the preparations, etc. that will bring out the wok hai.

    jfm0830 is a new convert to stir frying. He bought Breath Of A Wok and Stir Fry To The Sky's Edge, and studied them.  He is now doing wonderful things.  Unless you are willing to put in the time to study it, it really doesn't matter what wok you get or how you put it on the fire.  

    Just my opinion.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    I second what Village Idiot says.  Everything happens really fast with stir fry.  Temps are critical.  The order you cook is critical.  It's not hard, but you need to be one with the cook.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763

    Proper stir frying takes a lot of study.  You can't just buy a wok, put it on a fire, and throw some food on it and call it stir frying.  There are many nuances in the techniques, the sauces, the preparations, etc. that will bring out the wok hai.

    jfm0830 is a new convert to stir frying. He bought Breath Of A Wok and Stir Fry To The Sky's Edge, and studied them.  He is now doing wonderful things.  Unless you are willing to put in the time to study it, it really doesn't matter what wok you get or how you put it on the fire.  

    Just my opinion.
    I appreciate your opinion.  I asked this question several months ago and then did not purchase a wok because I have not had the time to learn.  I am stalling out a bit on what to cook on the egg so I am thinking this could be my next adventure.  I love cooking and learning to cook.  Never wok'ed before but all the pictures on this forum are motivating!

    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    r270ba said:
    That's the same one I bought a couple weeks ago - it's a real honest-to-god wok like the ones Chinese use. A good deal.   I think it's the same one the ceramic store or one of those places sells, about the same price but free shipping.  I have a thread on seasoning it - look at my threads.
    Just pulled the trigger.  Anything else I need (spatula, ring, lid, etc)?
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    Somehow I am feeling inadequate right now
    :\">

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    @doc_eggerton I didn't mean to take over your thread...so sorry!  You have inspired me :)
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    A wok ring or spider because it's a round bottom wok.  Gloves.  You can probably make due with normal kitchen stuff for everything else.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • r270bar270ba Posts: 763
    A wok ring or spider because it's a round bottom wok.  Gloves.  You can probably make due with normal kitchen stuff for everything else.
    I was thinking of placing 3 bricks in the coals positioning it between them.  Would that work or no?
    Anderson, SC
    XL BGE, Father's Day Gift 2012 (Thanks Fam!!!)
    Webber Kettle and Webber Summit Gasser
    Want List: Thermapen, Small BGE, Wok, Adjustable Rig, Food Saver, More $

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    This thread needs more references to "sensei" and "grasshopper". :D
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 4,496
    edited January 2013
    r270ba said:
    @doc_eggerton I didn't mean to take over your thread...so sorry!  You have inspired me :)
    Not at all, I am just listening to the folks that know more about it than I do.  As far as woks are concerned I have to live with enjoying the results, without necessarily knowing the finer points. 

    Not dumping on anyone, just acknowledging I have not studied this much, just sort of OJT on it. 

    On edit for Nolo, I am Grasshopper, and sitting at the feet of the Sensei.

    XLBGE X 2, LBGE, MBGE and lots of toys

  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,469
    r270ba said:
    A wok ring or spider because it's a round bottom wok.  Gloves.  You can probably make due with normal kitchen stuff for everything else.
    I was thinking of placing 3 bricks in the coals positioning it between them.  Would that work or no?
    Yeah, MacGyver it.  Or MacGruber it (inventor of the "Upper-Decker")

    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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