The Imusa Non-Stick 14″ Wok makes a great piece of cookware for home use not only for Asian dishes but for all kinds of cooking when a larger pan is needed.
Ease of Use/Performance: 4/5
How much I enjoy 5/5
You can’t beat a piece of cookware that has been developed and perfected over thousands of years without changing much in the process and the food developed alongside this great device. The Wok has been a traditional part of Asian cooking for a long time and has been only slightly modified in two basic ways over the years.
The Imusa 14″ Wok has two major differences from the traditional wok with a flattened bottom to make it steady on gas and electric burners while the non-stick surface has been added to aid in cooking and cleanup. The Imusa 14″ Wok has a large wooden handle that is triangular for easier grip while the opposite side has a round wooden handle for easier lifting while full of food.
The large metal ring on the end of the wooden handle makes for easy hanging to keep the wok out of the way for storage yet ready for the next use. The 7 Piece Asian Gift Set from Imusa comes with the 14″ Non-Stick Wok, half moon rack, and bamboo utensils including chopsticks, tongs, spoon, spatula and turner.
The 14″ Wok sits well on flat burner grates while the flat bottom makes a great cooking surface for high heat cooking like stir frying and deep frying which works great. The 14″ wok has a smooth bottom but the sides of the wok are slightly ribbed so food can be pushed up the sides for heating while you’re cooking in the bottom of the wok.
The non-stick interior is a good quality nonstick surface that has worked well for cooking over the past month and easily cleaned off even burnt on foods. I have used the wok for all kinds of cooking including stir fry, deep frying and general cooking for foods like vegetables and meats with pretty good results.
The Imusa 7 Piece Asian Gift Set with 14″ Non-Stick Wok is not your expensive wok set but it does have value as a low priced yet good quality wok for home cooking. The Imusa Non-Stick Wok at the heart of this set is a great piece of cookware and one that is easy to use as well as easy to clean with its nonstick coating.
I think the only problem I have been having with the stir fry is that the pan does not get hot enough which is the fault of the burner and grate of my stove and not the wok itself. I will try to find a ring or some other grate to get the wok about a half inch closer to the actual burner that I think would produce the heat necessary for better stir frying.
I will visit this once I have come up with something to get the bottom closer to the heat but for the time being I have been using the wok with great results in lots of different foods. The wok does great with stir frying using the high heat cooking to create great Asian dishes but other cooking works great as well such as plain vegetable sautés and even glazing fruits.
The half-moon rack that comes with this set makes a great drip tray and the rounded sides make for a great even cooing when deep frying in oil. The Imusa Non-Stick Wok is a great and affordable piece of cookware that makes a great addition to any homes kitchen and does come with a good set of utensils as well.
The Imusa Wok has been a great piece of cookware and one that I can easily recommend for a great additional to any kitchen for easy Asian and general cooking. The Imusa 7 Piece Asian Gift Set with 14″ Non-Stick Wok can be found at Target for about $30 before shipping costs while the 14″ wok alone is available at Macy’s.
Imusa Asian Gift Set @ Target
Imusa 14″ Wok @ Macy’s