My friend Rachel, who was born in Taiwan, tells me ‘wok hei’ means ‘breath of the wok’. She tells me this as she explains how to initally season a carbon steel wok.
I have a wok.
It is carbon steel.
It is not seasoned.
I have created a new phrase: ‘Wok eeeeep’ which, of course, means ‘scared of the wok’.
I have told Rachel many, many times that she needs to drive herself from Maryland to My Town to season my wok (and spend hours over coffee and chocolate chatting about this, that and the next thing.)
Even my lure of chocolate chip cookies has not yet convinced her.
It could be that she knows I’ll probably ask her to cook authentic Taiwanese cuisine once she’s here.
It could also be that she’s fairly confident I can season the wok myself without breaking it.
Or, she’s waiting for me to pull out the big guns in terms of bribery, so here it is:
Rachel, if you come to visit and season my wok, I will wash your car and come over to rake leaves.
I am a genius. Off to prepare for her imminent arrival…