Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tefal Dark Ruby Wok Pan Review & Sesame Oil Chicken Recipe

I got a new wok. And what did I feel like cooking? Sesame oil chicken! This is a really comforting dish that's easy to make (recipe and video below).

I prefer making most Chinese food in a wok, because it's deeper than a skillet or frying pan, so this allows you to stir-fry without worrying about spilling any ingredients.

But my Tefal Dark Ruby Wok Pan has quite a few more features than just depth.

Tefal Dark Ruby Wok Pan
Firstly, it looks amazing. The Tefal Dark Ruby Cookware range is as beautiful as it is easy to use. The deep gem-like colour, the gleamingly smooth surface and the sturdy feel of the wok all make this a solid cookware item.

It works on pretty much all types of stoves, including induction. 

The Tefal wok is great for searing meat
The Dark Ruby range features a high density technology: a dense, non-porous ceramic coating surface ideal for producing crisp cooking results with just the use of a little oil. It's apparently ideal for searing meat.

The pans also feature an extra hard surface reinforced with mica for additional resistance to abrasion and metal spatulas.

I threw my old wok out almost immediately. I hadn't been using it much because the non-stick surface had scratched and peeled off so badly. I know this won't happen with the Dark Ruby wok, given its extra resistance and ceramic coating.

Tefal Dark Ruby Wok Pan
The 28cm wok has the same Tefal Thermo-Spot technology that turns full red when the pan has reached the ideal temperature.

Tefal Frying Pan
That Thermo-spot I am very familiar with as it's also on my favourite frying pan.

Tefal Dark Ruby Wok Pan
The Dark Ruby cookware range is easy to wash and has a high thermal shock resistance, which means you can wash the pan under running water immediately after cooking - even when it’s still warm! I still prefer to let it cool a bit naturally. Who wants to do washing when a piping hot dish is ready to eat?

The Dark Ruby range includes the Dark Ruby Frypan (24cm S$69.90, 28cm S$79.90), Dark Ruby Wokpan (S$89.90), Dark Ruby Saucepan (20cm S$89.90, no lid), Dark Ruby Sautepan with lid (24cm S$119.90), and Dark Ruby Stewpot with lid (S$119.90. The Tefal Dark Ruby cookware range retails between $69.90 and $119 and is available at OG, Takashimaya, TANGS, Metro, Isetan and Lazada.

Here's a quick video on using the wok in making sesame oil chicken.


2-3 tablespoons sesame oil
2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced
300-400g chicken, cut into pieces
2-3 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or Chinese rice wine
1 tablespoon sweet dark soy
1/2 cup water
3-5 dashes ground white pepper
Optional: scallions (they add a nice touch of green)
(I added some oyster sauce as well; you can simply season to taste)

1. Heat up a wok over high heat and pour in the sesame oil.
2. When the oil is fully heated, add the ginger and stir fry until aromatic.
3. Add the chicken and stir fry for about 15 seconds.
4. Add the soy sauce, wine, dark sweet soy and ground white pepper.
5. Add the water and continue stirring until well-mixed.
6. Continue cooking on medium heat (5-10 minutes) until chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickened.
7. Add scallions if you wish towards the end. Dish out and serve immediately.

Many thanks to Tefal for providing the wok for review.


  1. Just to be clear, even Tefal states this pan isn't non-stick, so if looking for a non-stick pan, look carefully.

    1. Oh I see. Well, I guess it isn't Teflon, but the ceramic coating sure is smoother and super "non-stick" itself. Even oil doesn't stick, it swirls around so easily.


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