If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you can easily get sucked into buying a $3 soup ladle somewhere along China Place or Wentworth Avenue in Chicago. But if you’re looking for value, selection and great service? The list is slim, and at the top: Woks ‘n’ Things.
The high-quality, low-price knife selection is the reason to make the trip to Chinatown, but you won’t leave without a few other goodies. Find every size of dumpling steamer on one wall (under a paper mache dragon) and a wok of every size and style on another, all on a budget. You’ll find a stone and mortar grinder for $19.99, plastic rice molds to aid in sushi-making, tea pots with four matching cups for under $30 and bulk chopsticks for $2. If you need help choosing the right steamer or wok, the staff is friendly, patient and fluent in English.
For those who aren’t into cooking, Woks ‘n’ Things offers inexpensive but well-made cooking utensils, pots and pans. (You’re going to have to heat the marinara and boil the pasta in something.)Woks ‘n’ Things, 2234 S. Wentworth Ave., Chinatown, Chicago, IL 60616; (312) 842-0701; CTA: Red Line to Cermak-Chinatown.
–Tara for TKGO