All Clad d5 Wok Review
As an Asian recipes site, we test a lot of woks here at Steamy Kitchen. Some work great for the first 2 months, then discolor, warp, or fall apart at the handle. Only four woks out of the dozens we test actually are sturdy enough to last for years. The All Clad d5 Wok is one of them.
The All Clad d5 Wok is made from five layers of bonded metal:
18/10 stainless-steel interior for foolproof browning and easy cleanup.
Two aluminum layers, one to conduct and one to sustain heat.
Patented stainless-steel core diffuses heat for consistent results.
Magnetic stainless-steel exterior for durability and dishwasher-safe ease.
The result is a wok that really will last a lifetime of stir fries, steaming, braising, boiling, sautéing, deep frying and everything else you can do in a wok.
What we love about the All Clad d5 Wok
As I mentioned before, the wok will last a lifetime. Years ago, we bought my Mom an entire set of All Clad d5 cookware, which she still uses everyday. We brought this wok to her kitchen to add to her collection. Mom’s the perfect tester for woks, if a wok can withstand the twice-daily use in her kitchen, then it’s a great quality wok.
The All Clad d5 Wok is 14″ wide. Mom loves the wide, shallow shape of the wok, it gives her a lot of room to add ingredients – the more wok surface that’s closer to the fire, the hotter the wok gets and the more evenly the food cooks.
But this is where my Mom and I differ: I personally like having a deeper bowl in a wok, When a wok is too shallow, I feel it’s harder to stir fry – the ingredients tend to spill out (I’m a big, messy tosser.) Another point of consideration for wide, shallow woks – it does take up a lot of real estate on your stovetop, preventing use of a neighboring burner. Taller, bowl-like woks are tall enough that you can squeeze in a small pan nearby.
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