Hands-free wok cooking
Let’s face it – we love being spoiled by convenience. Technology has enabled us to free up our time and our hands, be it in the office, the home and especially the kitchen. If you were to ask any chef what their most valuable tools are in the kitchen, they’d probably answer with, “my knives and my cookware.”
Good pots and pans have been the cornerstone of good cuisine since the very first kitchen. If you think about it, there are many methods of cooking each using a different pot or pan – ones for sautéing, roasting, grilling and even just for stir-frying. How would you like it if you didn’t even have to touch the pan to cook? Cooks rejoice, because your new sous-chef will be doing all of the stir-frying.
On a recent Asian eating trip to Singapore I had the opportunity to see a new fast food wok concept in the Singapore airport called Ruyi, and was fascinated with their fast and efficient approach to cooking fried rice and noodles. Are you running an Asian restaurant with stir-fry on the menu? Free up your chefs’ hands and increase productivity; meet the Robotic Wok. They call it a “Robo Chef” or “Robo Wok” but we just like to call it amazing. Being used in the fast-food sector in Singapore and other Asian countries, this revolutionary device aims for efficiency in the kitchen and ultimately savings in labor and increased productivity output.
Your really just have to see it for yourself. Check out my video of this amazing innovation that truly takes efficiency to a whole new level. Notice the consistency in the tossing and how the chef pours the sauce directly into the wok, allowing the bot to do the rest:
So what’s the price tag on this bad boy? Japanese company MIK, who sells another similar version to one shown in our video, has their robotic wok at a reported cost of $10,900 according to this Eater.com article.
Would you consider implementing this at your restaurant? What innovations are you currently using?