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What is Wok in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Materials

What is Wok in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Materials

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A wok in Tagalog is called “kawa” or “talyasi,” a cooking pan used for cooking huge amounts of food. It looks like a cross between a frying pan (kawali) and a saucepan (kaserola), but a larger version. Because of its huge size, the wok is usually used in big celebrations or gatherings such as feasts. Almost every household in the Philippine provinces has a “kawa.” The origin of the wok is unclear but it’s believed to have first appeared in ancient China during the Han Dynasty. But at that time, woks were only made from clay. It was only during the Ming Dynasty when woks were made of metal. Chinese blacksmiths made woks by forging raw iron at a very high temperature and polished the finished product using a hammer. Typically, a wok has a round bottom with sloped sides but some hav...