Requirements for wok cooking on the Kamado:
(Obviously) a YAKINIKU® Kamado;
A wok pan (aka cast iron pan);
The YAKINIKU® Vulcano;
Fresh ingredients such as Chinese cabbage, peppers and your favourite protein source (chicken, beef, prawns, tofu etc.);
A delicious wok sauce of your choice.
How do you prepare your wok, and how do you clean it?
Before you can start using your new wok, you need to 'burn it in'. This actually means creating a non-stick coating because metal woks do not have this as standard.
When you receive your wok pan, it is already greased with anti-rust oil, which protects the pan from oxidation until the first use. This is to prevent the pan from rusting along the way. This layer should first be scrubbed off well with a scouring sponge and water. When you have done this, you are ready to start heating the wok.
Put the wok on high heat and let it get hot for about 1 minute. You will know the wok is hot enough when you drop a few drops of water on the wok and they evaporate immediately. Remove the wok from the heat and pour 2 tbsp of sunflower oil into the wok pan. Move the pan so that the entire surface is covered by the oil.
Now it is time to sear the pan once more. Put the pan on high heat again and keep turning the pan so that every part of the pan is heated. During this step, the pan will start to colour a little darker. Do this for about 15 to 20 minutes.
After this, wash the wok again with just water and a coarse brush and dry the wok by putting it on low heat for 1 to 2 minutes until there is no more water in the pan.
If you want to put the wok away for a longer period of time, make sure you grease the pan well with a natural oil. Otherwise, you run the risk of the pan rusting.
How to wok on the Kamado:
Heat the Kamado: Place the Vulcano in the Kamado and place a medium amount of charcoal here. Then light the charcoal and heat it to a higher temperature, around 200-250 °C.
Preparing the ingredients: While the Kamado heats up, you can prepare all the vegetables. Cut the Chinese cabbage and peppers into thin strips and make sure you have all the other ingredients within easy reach.
Heat the wok: When the coals are well warm, place the wok on the Vulcano. Heat the wok for about 1 minute on high heat. It is important that the wok is well hot for the best wok results.
Add the ingredients: Add a small amount of oil to the hot wok and then add your protein source. Stir-fry it for 30 seconds until it is almost cooked. Remove it from the wok and set it aside.
Wok the vegetables: Now add the sliced vegetables to the hot wok. Stir-fry them quickly for about 1-2 minutes until crisp and slightly discoloured.
Add sauce: Add your favourite wok sauce to the vegetables in the wok and stir well. Then add the previously prepared meat or fish to the wok and stir-fry everything for about a minute to let the flavours mix well.
Serving: Remove the wok from the Kamado and serve your delicious wok dish immediately. Enjoy!
With a wok on a Kamado grill, you can prepare a wide range of delicious dishes. Here are some popular dishes that are perfect for wok cooking on a Kamado:
Pad Thai: This is a classic Thai dish with fried noodles, prawns, chicken or tofu, and a mix of vegetables, seasoned with tamarind, fish sauce and chilli.
Chicken Teriyaki: tender pieces of chicken are stir-fried in the wok with a sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce, served with steamed rice.
Kung pao chicken: a spicy dish with chicken, peanuts, green peppers and dried chilli peppers, usually flavoured with rice vinegar.
When wok cooking on the Kamado, it is important to manage the high temperatures well and have all ingredients ready in advance, as cooking is fast. Moreover, you can experiment with different ingredients and sauces to create your own unique wok dishes. It's a great way to bring the flavours of Asia to your backyard and impress your guests with delicious, homemade meals.
Wok cooking on a Kamado is a new and different way to indulge your taste buds and amaze your guests with delicious dishes. The Kamado provides the perfect conditions for fast and even heating, allowing you to take your wok arts to the next level. Experiment with different types of vegetables, meat, fish, sauces and spices to create your own unique wok dishes. Give free rein and enjoy your delicious home-made dishes.