The wok is an integral part of the Asian kitchen. It is primarily used to prepare dishes such as stir fry and many other fried and braised foods. Woks are available in a variety of sizes, materials and price ranges. There are many $44- $94 woks out there that rival even their most expensive counterparts. They generally feature either a round or flat bottom and have one or two handles. There is some debate as to whether round or flat bottom woks are better. However, the type of wok you choose ultimately depends on your cooking style. Both types have their own unique benefits. Round bottom woks are more traditional and less likely to burn or scorch food, because of their large surface areas. Flat bottom woks have been introduced more recently and are designed to fit on flat American cook tops. Inexpensive $44- $94 woks are ideal for trying out both styles to see which you are more comfortable with before investing in a more costly cooking utensil.