I have been considering buying a preseasoned wok from Taylor and Ng after America’s Test Kitchen rated their flat bottom wok as the winner in their recent wok test. Unfortunately they are all backordered through June so I ended up buying a cheap 14" IMUSA unseasoned carbon steel wok from Bed Bath and Beyond to use in the meantime since I needed a pan ASAP. After seasoning it according to the directions I’m pretty happy with it for the couple of times I’ve used it. Now I’m wondering if I should still buy a Taylor and Ng preseasoned wok once it comes back in stock, or just stick with what I have.
Does anyone have experience comparing the Taylor and Ng woks to others that can chime in?
Is there any advantage to a preseasoned wok vs. unseasoned other than not having to season it yourself? Does the Taylor and Ng preseasoned wok actually not need seasoning or do you still have to burn it in with oil before using?
How’s the quality of the Taylor and Ng woks compared to cheaper carbon steel woks found online? The price difference is 2-3x so wondering if it’s really actually worth the extra money.
I read some reviews where people mentioned the accessories like the wok spatula and scoop feel flimsy and cheap. Is this true? Would I be better off skipping those and buying the accessories separately?