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Torch hei

HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 7,330
A key element of achieving wok hei is having a heat source that is not too different from an afterburner of a fighter jet. Most of wok hei results from the oil droplets that arise from tossing ingredients basically being ignited by the flame of a wok burner in afterburner mode. That's not something that can be achieved by a wok used on an electric or home gas stove.

However, if you use a torch for lighting your charcoal there is yet another useful purpose for that torch - torch hei! Serious Eats posted an article today about using a gas torch to achieve a close to "real" wok hei absent a proper wok afterburner.
Interesting read and a technique that I thought some folks here might be interested in giving a go since wok-king on an Egg generally does not provide the sort of flame needed to "light up" the food being tossed:




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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,996
    Very cool article and thank you for sharing. The blow torch will be used while cooking for our children who are elitist snobs when it comes to asiatic fare. (Their mother's influence, not mine.)

    Me.....I get my kick at the "Wok and Go"...they also sell red t shirts with yellow print..."I know it's only Wok and Go, but I like it." (A little homage to the upcoming Stones tour June 16 in Louisville)

    Again thanks for the link.
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    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • paqmanpaqman Posts: 3,240
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  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 5,588
    edited February 13
    Quote from the article:
    "First, let's face it: Who in their right mind is going to fire up a grill just to whip up some beef and broccoli on the fly?"

    I'm guilty and feel like I'm being attacked by that statement, lol...
    I did that very thing last night. Pork and broccoli on the MM.


    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. 
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 9,988
    SciAggie said:
    Quote from the article:
    "First, let's face it: Who in their right mind is going to fire up a grill just to whip up some beef and broccoli on the fly?"

    I'm guilty and feel like I'm being attacked by that statement, lol...
    I did that very thing last night.
    Nobody in their right mind would do such a thing.  

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    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,996
    @SciAggie

    My only attacks are from envy on the meals you continually produce and share with us on the forum.

    Always exceptional, and in a way I feel as though I am constantly under attack.

    If what you are doing is not right, sign me up to that bad boy club.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • BotchBotch Posts: 10,257
    Very interesting, thanks for posting; I'm anxious to try this.  
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  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 651
    Makes sense to me. If you've ever been in the kitchen of a good Chinese restaurant you've seen the flames coming up under the wok. They have seriously large diameter gas lines going into the kitchen!
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 14,412
    That's a neat hack. I can't get green beans to blister quite like they do at the restaurants, but maybe this will do it.

    And  I wonder if a Searzall would work even better because of the wider head on it.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 10,257
    Wonder if this could be adapted to my gas range; $59 at Amazoid:
     

     
    Hmmmm...
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    Introvert Engineers - Social Distancing before it was cool.  
    Ogden, Utard.  
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,589
    I always thought having one of these would be cool... =)

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 7,526
    Interesting, time for @Tspud1 to fabricate a clamp to hold torch over BS?
    canuckland
  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 2,838
    SciAggie said:
    Quote from the article:
    "First, let's face it: Who in their right mind is going to fire up a grill just to whip up some beef and broccoli on the fly?"

    I'm guilty and feel like I'm being attacked by that statement, lol...
    I did that very thing last night. Pork and broccoli on the MM.


    At least twice a week!  Last night:  


    Southlake, TX, and Cowhouse Creek, Gatesville, TX.  2 Large, 1 Small and a lot of Eggcessories.
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 10,931
    When my wife gives me the side eye for bringing my harbor freight pear burner in the kitchen, I’m pointing to this thread.
  • SciAggieSciAggie Posts: 5,588
    @smbishop Nice. We’ll share a room in the nut house I guess. 
    Coleman, Texas
    Large BGE & Mini Max for the wok. A few old camp Dutch ovens and a wood fired oven. LSG 24” cabinet offset smoker. There are a few paella pans and a Patagonia cross in the barn. 
    "Bourbon slushies. Sure you can cook on the BGE without them, but why would you?"
                                                                                                                          YukonRon
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