Seasoning your wok

By seasoning your new wok, you will stop the wok from rusting and the food from sticking.

Here are the steps:

Wash your wok in hot soapy water once only, dry it then season it.

Season the wok by melting pork fat (available at butcher shops) into it on a half heat, until it smokes. Add 1 bunch of Chinese chives cut in half and stir fry them with the pork fat. This removes the antiseptic flavour from your new wok. Remove the wok from the heat, remove the pork fat and chives, wipe the wok out, return it to the heat and allow it to smoke again. Remove it from the heat once more and your wok is seasoned!

When you have cooked your first dish in your new wok, wash it out with water and a wok brush. Rinse it out, add more water and heat over a flame making sure all sauce has been removed. Keep repeating this process until the water is clear. Wipe the wok out and return it to the flame until it smokes.

Smear wok surface with a little vegetable oil dabbed on a paper towel to protect the metal from rusting

Your wok is now ready to put away until the next time.

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