Love Chinese food but never succeeded in getting it to taste like your favorite Chinese restaurant?
Tried various permutations of woks and stoves and still never figured where you’re going wrong?
IT’S NOT YOU!
There are many reasons why you’ve not been successful in wok cooking at home. HIGH HEAT is one of them, I’ve resolved that with this portable Iwatani VA-30 gas stove, the other three are good ingredients, the right technique and the right wok, that’s why I put together a WOK STAR KIT.
As a cooking teacher and entrepreneur, it’s important to recommend tools that function efficiently and help to solve problems. I remember growing up in Hong Kong, everyone in Asia uses a gas stove for wok cooking, so this was an AHA moment and it will be for those of you who’ve tried every permutation to fry up your favorite Asian dishes at home and not succeeded.
You don’t need a 40,000 BTU gas stove for home cooking, that’s an overkill. If you have a residential gas stove at home, make sure it’s at least 10K or else you won’t be successful. Check this post how to figure out the best burner to fit your wok.
This Iwatani portable gas stove together with my WOK STAR KIT has basically transformed wok cooking at home.
Advantages of this Wok Gas Stove:
FOCUSED HEAT – 2 3/4″ diameter burner where heat is needed most.
TASTY FOOD – high heat gives your food FLAVOR, TEXTURE & COLOR.
TRAVELING KITCHEN – together with my WOK STAR KIT, this stove has its own carry case. It is perfect for boating, RVs, tailgate parties, picnics, entertaining friends poolside or just out on your balcony.
CONTROL – switching to high or low heat is instant.
FIT – snug fit with my 15” lightweight, round bottom, thin walled cast iron wok.
SAFE – good for indoor use, caterers and restaurants use them.
STURDY – steel casing and compact.
WINDGUARD – prevent flames blowing out when you use it outdoors.
PRACTICAL – cheaper than piping in gas, it’s light to move around. A stir fry takes very little time, so you will get many meals from one refill. Gas cartridges last about 1 hour and cost about $2-$4.
CONVENIENT – leave out on your counter or on top of electric stove so you’ll use it for cooking everything. Has rubber feet so it won’t scratch your electric stove. You’ll have BEST OF BOTH heat sources, gas for wok cooking, electric for flat pan cooking.
LIFESAVER – during hurricanes and power outages, you’ll rely on this stove to make coffee, lunch & dinners.
Always, always get backup gas cartridges so you don’t run out of gas in your Wok Star moment!
I am an Amazon affiliate, I will get a commission if you use this link to order gas cartridges and I hope you will.
Here’s a short video how to install a gas cartridge in this stove and a longer, detailed version on Youtube.
Enjoy! Happy to answer questions in comments below.
Aimee Mackie says
I’d like your opinion please. Is this model IWATANI Table Top Ultra-thin Cassette Stove, powerful enough to cook with a wok? Thanks
Eleanor Hoh says
Hi Aimee, I’m so sorry, only just saw this. YES, Iwatani sent me that model to try out. It is very interesting, the fire goes directly UP and doesn’t flare outwards.