Just bought a cheap wok that has 2 little handles and the inside looks like a bad paint job (black in Color)that looks like swirls.

on the bottom it has Chinese lettering which I don't understand. It is very lightweight. Any clues?

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    Can you upload a picture? (Worth a thousand words, as the saying goes!)
    – Erica
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:06
  • I could but don't know how to.
    – Cecilia
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:20
  • Where did you buy it?
    – talon8
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:27
  • T and T Supermarket, in south Edmonton.
    – Cecilia
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:42

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Types of woks:

  1. Stainless Steel

    • Heavy, expensive and well, shiny like stainless steel. Unlikely that this is it.
  2. Cast Iron

    • They're usually pretty heavy. It'll be black, but due to your weight, I'd guess that this isn't it either. Lightweight cast iron woks exist but they can be pretty brittle.
  3. Carbon Steel

    • Lightweight and cheap. Will be black if it's seasoned/pre-seasoned. These are manufactured a number of ways (hammered, stamped or spun on a lathe). Depending on what you mean by "swirls", it could be a result of the manufacturing method, the "bad paint job", could be the some pre-seasoning (ie: bad seasoning job?)?
    • This would be my guess as you said it's lightweight and cheap. The Chinese lettering would also make it more likely as this is one of the more popular traditional types.
  4. Teflon, Aluminum, other...

    • You can also find them in various other materials, but these should be pretty obvious, and you're unlikely to buy one randomly I would guess.

TLDR: I would guess it's machined/turned carbon steel.

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  • Thank you !! My wok looks like the picture under the title Manufacture.
    – Cecilia
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:35
  • If you bought it at T&T, I would definitely guess machined carbon steel
    – talon8
    Aug 12, 2016 at 1:31

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