This title explores the origins, history, traditions and uses of the wok, and its popularity throughout the world as a versatile cooking implement. You can learn about the specialist equipment you need for successful wok use, together with essential wok techniques such as stir-frying, deep-frying, steaming, simmering and smoking. Drawing on the cuisines of China, India and South-east Asia, the recipes include Chinese Braised Pork Belly with Greens, Coconut Spiced Lamb on Poppadums, Chicken Chow Mein and Thai Crispy Noodles with Beef. It includes delicious ideas for crispy snacks and finger food, spicy soups and appetizers, speedy stir-fries, staple noodle and rice recipes, and succulent sweet dishes and desserts, with many recipes taking just minutes to prepare. The wok is one of the world's oldest and most useful cooking implements - a perfect pan for stir-frying, deep-frying, steaming or simmering. This book begins with a history of the wok, and offers advice on the implements used in the recipes, from double-handed woks and bamboo steamers to ladles and chopsticks.There then follows more than 300 delicious recipes - from succulent steamed dim sum and crisp, golden mouthfuls of deep-fried onions to quick and fresh stir-fries, slowly simmered braised meat and richly spiced balti dishes. With recipes that include a magnificent range of culinary traditions, rich aromas, enticing spices and tangy taste combinations, the book provides something for everyone to enjoy.