China is the world's leading rice producer
(followed by India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Thailand).
186.73 million metric tons was harvested in 2004. In 2003 China
exported 2.597 million metric tons of rice, making it the 5th largest
exporter. China trails Thailand at number one, then India, Vietnam
and the United States.
People tend to pigeonhole the wok as an instrument of stir frying. It seems to have been developed specifically for that use; that is the job it does to perfection. Yet this uniquely shaped cooking pot handles at least adequately: frying, deep frying, braising, stewing, boiling, smoking, steaming, and soup making … more