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Giveaway – Stir-fry Prep Tools

Next month marks the two-year anniversary of Wok Wednesdays and we’re going to celebrate in style. We’re kicking things off with a giveaway for a great set of prep tools – a kinpira peeler, a negi cutter, and Thai julienne peeler. All three tools will help you shred and slice your way to stir-fry perfection!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

What is your favorite non-Asian stir-fry to make? OR What non-Asian stir-fry would you like to learn? (Example – chicken cacciatore or pasta carbonara)

You have until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, April 20th to enter. One entry per person and the winner will be chosen at random from the comments.

As always, many many thanks to the incredible Tane Chan of San Francisco’s The Wok Shop for providing the prizes for this giveaway.

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Year of the Horse Giveaway!

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Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Horse, and we’re celebrating with another giveaway!

When it comes to stir-frying the ingredient prep is just as important as there actual cooking, and one of the most important tools in food prep is a good cutting board. The folks at Bambu have kindly donated a 15 x 11 bamboo cutting board for our Year of the Horse Giveaway! They’re boards are handcrafted and sustainably harvested, and will last for years. I have two Bambu cutting boards and believe me when I say that they hold up against a lot of abuse!

To all enter all you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following question:

What has been your favorite dish you’ve made from “Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge”? OR, if you’ve just joined, what dish are you most looking forward to making?

We’ll accept entries throughout the whole 15 day celebration of the Year of the Horse, so you have until 11:59pm EST on February 14th to enter! A winner will be chosen at random from the responses, one response per person please.

Good luck, and happy Year of the Horse!

Giveaway – Szechuan Peppercorns

It’s the holiday season and we’re in a giving mood, so its time for another contest! The prize this time is a package of fresh, aromatic Szechuan peppercorns straight from Hong Kong! The giveaway is taking place on our Facebook group, so if you haven’t joined yet now is the perfect time!

Here is how you can win: just post a photo of your wok with your favorite stir-fry in it to the Wok Wednesdays Facebook group by December 27th. A winner will be chosen at random from the entries and that winner will receive one package of Szechuan peppercorns, just in time for our first January recipe!

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Many thanks to Wok Wednesdays member Jennifer Thomas who procured the peppercorns from her home base in Hong Kong and brought them all the way to New York! You rock Jennifer!

LYL – Stir-Fried Cumin-Scented Beef with Vegetables (AND giveaway winner!)

This week’s recipe is one of my favorites and a great way to welcome fall. Do you love it as much as I do? As always, leave your comments and/or a link to your blog post below.

But more importantly…on to the winner of the Chinese vegetable cleaver! Everyone left some great tips (top ones included reading through the whole recipe first, always setting your mise-en-place, and keeping your wok well-seasoned) or shared what intimidated them (cooking with high heat seemed most popular), but in the end only one can win this fantastic knife. The winner, chosen at random, is….Melissa! Melissa said that she was new to stir-frying and was intimidated about cooking with shrimp. Well Melissa – you’re in luck, because with your new knife and a copy of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge you’ll learn how to stir-fry shrimp like a pro!

Giveaway – Chinese Vegetable Cleaver

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my road to wok mastery it is that preparation is key. Without a proper “mise en place”, your stir-fry is bound to go awry. There are dozens of gadgets to help you cut, chop, julienne, and dice, but when you get down to brass tacks you find all you really need is a good knife. This Chinese vegetable cleaver is similar to what you’d find in kitchens across the world, with a wide flat blade perfect for scooping and scraping, a well-balance handle, and a razor-shop cutting edge, and…it could be YOURS!

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Here’s what you need to do for a chance to win this cleaver – leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

What’s your favorite tip for making stir-frying easier? OR (if you’re new to Wok Wednesdays) What about stir-frying intimidates or confuses you the most?

Many, many, MANY thanks to Wok Wednesdays member Jennifer Thomas for her generous donation of this cleaver. Jennifer picked it up at Hong Kong’s famous cutlery store Chan Chi Kee. Jennifer, you rock!

The giveaway will run until 11:59pm Monday, September 30th. One winner will be chosen from the comments.

- Matt

Wok Wednesdays Month-Long Birthday Celebration

On May 16th Wok Wednesdays officially turns one! Over the past year we have grown together as a group, exploring some of the amazing recipes in Grace Young’s Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, and learning more about the ancient and fascinating cooking style of the stir-fry.

Photos: Steven Needham

Photos: Steven Needham

Over the next month there will be lots of fun content to celebrate our first birthday, including a look-back on what we’ve accomplished, a preview of what to come, videos, discussion, and more. But I’d like to get the festivities started with something REALLY fun – another giveaway! Over the past few weeks we’ve had a bunch of new people join Wok Wednesdays, some of whom don’t have a wok yet, so I’m excited to announce that Wok Wednesdays has partnered with Kitchenworks, an independent kitchenwares retailer in North Carolina, to give away a brand new 14″ Helen Chen flat-bottomed carbon steel wok to one lucky winner!

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And they aren’t stopping there. For the ENTIRE month of May Kitchenworks is giving EVERYONE in Wok Wednesdays 15% off your entire order on their website, Kitchenworksinc.com. You can shop once, you can shop twice, you can shop every day for the whole month and you’ll get 15% off each and every order, how cool is that!? They not only have woks and stir-fry tools, but they have virtually everything you need for your kitchen, so stock up!

Here is how you can enter the giveaway and get your discount:

1. To enter the giveaway for one 14″ Helen Chen flat-bottomed carbon steel wok, leave a comment on this post by midnight, Sunday May 5th, ¬†with your answer to following question:

What has been your favorite recipe that we’ve made in Wok Wednesdays thus far? OR (if you are new) what recipe from Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge are you most looking forward to making?

2. To claim your 15% discount at Kitchenworksinc.com all you need to do is enter the promotional code WOKSTAR (all caps) during checkout. The coupon is valid for multiple uses anytime between May 1st, 2013 and May 31, 2013. All regular Kitchenworksinc.com policies apply to each purchase.

Good luck, and happy wokking!

- Matt

LYL – Wok Portrait Contest

It’s spring break here at Wok Wednesdays, and instead of doing another recipe this week we’re taking a “vacation” and posting some beautiful wok portraits instead. All week long wokkers will be posting photos of their woks to our Facebook group and at the end of the week our guru Grace Young will pick the most creative portrait to receive a prize – Helen Chen Universal Kitchen Shears!

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If you haven’t joined Wok Wednesdays yet but would like to enter the shears giveaway, just join the Wok Wednesdays Facebook Group and post a cool photo of you with your wok, your wok in action, or your wok just hanging out. Use your imagination! And never fear, we’ll be back to our regular wokking schedule in another two weeks.

- Matt

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Giveaway – Ceramic Paring Knife

February 10th is the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake, and what better way to celebrate than with another giveaway! I’m particularly excited about this one – a ceramic paring knife from the great folks at Helen’s Asian Kitchen! Helen Chen’s products are fantastic, and this ceramic paring knife will help you fly through all of your stir-frying prep work. Ceramic blades are super sharp and never lose their edge, making peeling, cutting, and dicing a breeze.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below answering the following question:

What is the biggest challenge that prevents, or in the past has prevented, you from stir-frying: Finding Asian ingredients? High heat cooking? Using a wok? Other?

The contest will be open until 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 15th. A winner will be chosen at random from the comments.

- Matt

Wok Winner

Congratulations to Susan Layton who won the 14″ Carbon Steel Wok in our giveaway! Thanks to everyone who left their healthy stir-fry tips and wishes, and get ready for another giveaway coming up soon.

Many thanks to Tane Chan of The Wok Shop in San Francisco for donating the wok!

- Matt

New Year, New Wok Giveaway

We’re going to start 2013 off with a bang by giving away a 14″, flat-bottomed carbon steel wok. This is the wok that many of us Wok Wednesdays folk use and the one that Grace recommends. The carbon steel conducts heat wonderfully and is the best metal for attaining that beautiful seasoned finish as you cook with it, and the flat-bottom allows the wok to be used with virtually all Western stoves (electric coils, glass-top, gas, and induction).

wokAll you have to do for a chance to win a brand-new wok is leave a comment below with your answer to the following question:

What is your favorite stir-fry and why?¬†(If you’re new to stir-frying, you can tell us what healthy stir fry you’d be interested in learning)

The contest will run until 11:59pm, Wednesday January 16th. A winner will be chosen at random from the comments.

Many thanks once again to Tane Chan of The Wok Shop in San Francisco for donating the wok! Tane has been a fervent supporter of Wok Wednesdays – check out her shop (both online and if you’re ever in SF) for all your Asian kitchen needs!

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