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What We’ve Been Up To

Hi there! While this blog has been pretty quiet lately, we’ve been stir-frying away and documenting our progress over on our Facebook page – almost 1400 strong! You can join in the fun by joining up on Facebook and seeing where we are in the recipe schedule, but in the meantime here are some photos of what our members have been up to:

Kung Pao Pork from Jennifer Portnoy

Kung Pao Pork from Jennifer Portnoy


Stephen Goldberg with Wok Wednesdays "angel" and owner of The Wok Shop, Tane Chan

Stephen Goldberg with Wok Wednesdays “angel” and owner of The Wok Shop, Tane Chan


Hong Kong Silky Beef from Karen Kerr

Hong Kong Silky Beef from Karen Kerr


A beauitful stir-fry mise en place from Lillian Magidow

A beauitful stir-fry mise en place from Lillian Magidow

Giveaway – Melissa’s Produce

It’s time for another great giveaway! Our friends at Melissa’s Produce have generously agreed to giveaway a package of assorted Asian products to TWO lucky Wok Wednesdays members. Melissa’s is fantastic online source for a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, sauces, and more. It’s especially great for those Wok Wednesdays members who don’t leave within an easy commute to an Asian grocery store – they have an entire section of Asian vegetables full of varieties like Chinese Long Beans, Bitter Melon, and Enoki Mushrooms.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway – leave a comment on this post telling us about your favorite vegetable to stir-fry, and how you like to prepare it. Two winners will be chosen at random from the entries. The giveaway will run until 11:59pm EST Monday, August 3rd. Good luck!

Many thanks to the great folks at Melissa’s for helping us with this giveaway! Make sure you check out their website! You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter (@MelissasProduce) and Instagram (melissasproduce).


Note – due to the complications of shipping fresh produce, the winners must reside within the continental United States.

WW Third Anniversary Giveaway!

WW Third Anniversary Giveaway!

A little over three years ago Wok Wednesdays took its very first steps. We had a couple dozen members and started off with making Stir-Fried Garlic Spinach from Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge. Three years later we’ve grown to more than 1200 members, have learned about dry-frying and velveting, and have cooked our way through more than half of the recipes in what has become our stir-fry bible!


In honor of our third year we have a very special giveaway to announce. Wok Wednesdays member extraodinaire Jennifer Thomas has sourced for us (directly from Shanghai) a hand-hammered carbon-steel pow wok and a traditional Chinese Kitchen God to keep watch over your stir-fries.

woks and ladles

These woks have been handmade in Shanghai for centuries by a long line of expert wok craftsman. As modern manufacturing technology has advanced, the wok men have begun to disappear. Mr Cen is one of the few left who still practice this ancient craft, and his woks are legendary. He has been featured on CNN Travel and one of his woks is on the cover of Grace’s cookbook The Breath of a Wok. He can be a bit tricky to find, but Jennifer tracked him down and procured one of his beautiful woks just for us!

WW member Jennifer Thomas with Mr. Cen

WW member Jennifer Thomas with Mr. Cen

Jennifer has also donated a Kitchen God as part of the giveaway. Keep your Kitchen God in your kitchen and ply him with sweet fruits and alcohol. Every year, on the Chinese New Year, he ascends to heaven to report on your doings, and if you’ve kept him happy (and a little drunk) he’ll only have good things to say! My Kitchen God lives above my stove and watches over all that I cook.


Here is what Jennifer has to say about these Kitchen Gods:

Inspired by Grace Young and her knowledge and history of the Kitchen God, we went in search of a statue for our home altar during our recent two-year stay in Hong Kong and China. This turned out to be a difficult task.  Honoring the Kitchen God is a dying practice, and there is very little memory left in current society. We managed to resurrect the statues from a ceramic factory in Guangzhou, China and had some made in a traditional version as well as a modern Chinese golden statue created.

Here is how you can win this very special Third Anniversary Giveaway:

  1. Prepare and photograph your favorite recipe from Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge.
  2. Post your photo to the Wok Wednesdays Facebook Group – make sure to include “#entry” in the description.

The giveaway will run through 11:59pm EST on June 10th, at which point a winner will be chosen from the entries. 

Many, many thanks to Jennifer Thomas for the incredibly generous donation for this giveaway. You can follow Jennifer’s stir-fry and travel adventures on her blog, Western Chopsticks. She  also has a limited number of the hand-hammered pow woks available for purchase. If you don’t win the giveaway and are interested in purchasing one, send her an e-mail at sjkthomas[at]msn[dot]com.

Thanks for cooking along with us at Wok Wednesdays, and good luck!


Giveaway – Chosen Foods Products

The Chinese New Year is rapidly approaching and we’re in a festive mood, so we’ve partnered with Chosen Foods for another fantastic Wok Wednesdays giveaway!

We all know that stir-frying means high heat, and high heat means you need a good oil, one with a high smokepoint that can take a little abuse. Avocado oil fits the bill, and is one of my favorite stir-fry oils. Chosen Foods brand avocado oils are my go-to for their consistency and quality.


Chosen Foods will give one lucky Wok Wednesdays member a package containing one bottle of avocado oil, one bottle of avocado oil spray, and two finishing sesame oils. All you have to do to enter is a leave a comment on this post answering the following question (inspired by WW superstar member Karen Kerr):

What are the three most important things you’ve learned about stir-frying since joining Wok Wednesdays?

The giveaway is open until 11:59pm EST on Thursday, February 19th – Chinese New Years.

Good luck, and keep on wokking!

Some Changes

Happy Monday, and happy 2015! As we approach our third (I know!) year of Wok Wednesdays, we’ve decided to make some important format changes to the group.

Going forward, the vast majority of Wok Wednesdays posts and discussion will be held on our Facebook group. We are rapidly approaching 1000 members of the Facebook group, and it has proven itself to be a much easier medium for folks to connect, share, and learn about stir-frying than the blog has.

The blog will remain up – it will host the rules and basic information, the recipe schedule, and our giveaways. Additionally, I will be posting monthly roundups of Wok Wednesdays member photos, news, and other fun tidbits.

Grace and I would like to thank everyone who has participated in Wok Wednesdays – you have helped turn this crazy idea in a phenomenon! We can’t wait to stir-fry our way into 2015 and beyond with everyone!

– Matt

LYL – Chinese-American Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon

(Note – this post is about a week late due to me moving and being without regular internet access. Apologies!)

I was very excited for this recipe, not only because its easy and one of my favorites, but also because it comes from one of Wok Wednesdays’s biggest cheerleaders, Tane Chan of San Francisco’s The Wok Shop. This dish is a fantastic winter stir-fry, and a great accompaniment to steak, pork, or even roast chicken.

What did you think? Leave your thoughts and/or a link to your blog post below!

Chinese-American Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon from WW member Ralph Gobel

Chinese-American Stir-Fried Cabbage with Bacon from WW member Ralph Gobel

LYL – Stir-Fried Ginger Tomato Beef

I don’t know about the weather where you live, but here in central North Carolina its dreary and drizzly, the perfect day for a warming recipe like today’s selection – Stir-Fried Ginger Tomato Beef! This is a great way to use out-of-season tomatoes, and the ginger really adds a zip to the dish.

By the way, today is our 59th recipe from Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, which means we are more than halfway through the book! Woohoo!

So today not only do I want to hear how you fared with this week’s recipe, but I also want you to share your favorite recipe so far! Leave a comment below with your thoughts and/or a link to your blog post.


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