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Product is looking ok but still i’m Confused that it original piece of lodge or not because I bought same 14 inches lodge wok from US which is made in USA . Its handles’ edges are more smoother and doesn’t have brand name on handles too . Still it’s a good choice for kitchen.... but I got defective piece with bad packing..... so I preferring replacement..... will check replacements and update for it later
I bought the Lodge mini wok and I was sent a damaged and rusted around the handles product. I returned that and I was sent a replacement which was also the same. I have now asked for a refund. Extremely disappointed.
Love it. Ideal for deep frying bhajis, pooris etc. The 14” wok needed too much oil. Sturdy and doesn’t move on the hob making it safe. Definitely recommended. Also ideal for normal single portion meals like stir fry.
I finally received what I had been eyeing for long. What a beautiful piece of wok! The inners seems a bit rough compared to lodge’s other woks and skillets. I re-seasoned just in case. The heat retention is excellent and even. The size is very convenient for a family of two, and the best part is that i serve in it directly) Love it absolutely !! It’s costly but worth it (cost and worth are two different things lol)
Small and heavy, this is really a 1 person wok (maybe 2 small eaters).
It is really a deep bowl, rather than a mini wok, as the sides are much steeper than any other cast iron woks on the market. Keep this in mind, if your dish requires a cool staging area, as everything will always be falling directly into the sear zone. I prefer using my cheap low profile 12" made in China wok over the Lodge even for small meals. But the Lodge mini does shine at one particular task....
Other reviewers have mentioned it makes for an excellent deep fry setup, and this is where it excels over its larger 14" brother. The steeper sides, allow for a reasonable oil depth, yet because it's taller than a fry pan there is less splatter. The bowl shape, allows for easy steam escape, so you won't have any cooling down issues with the oil. The small size, makes the mini wok an ideal companion for a larger wok while on the stove top.
The Lodge mini wok is my goto wok for deep frying period. On an induction stove top, half full of oil, it can comfortably hold a temp of 375 degrees, and fry 6-9 chicken wings with ease. Dumplings, fries, nuggets, you name it whatever - and this wok does a great job of holding the smallest amount of oil needed to just get the job done. The conical shape, makes for a proper sediment basin, as all the gunk collects nicely on the bottom making oil decanting easier.
Like all modern cast iron products, even the mighty USA made Lodge has a crappy rough finish. Just like my 14" wok, I ground out the interior so it was smooth, and re-built up the seasoning. The base was also not perfectly flat, so it needed to be touched up with a belt sander. There probably isn't a market for a premium naked cast iron utensils anymore - but compared to what they made 100 years ago, today's stuff is miles behind in fit and finish. This is why the Lodge just gets 4 stars instead of 5. It can be soooo much better with just a little more machining.
For a small wok it seems pricey, but when making a complex dish that requires a deep fry portion, the Lodge earns its keep.