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High heat stirfry - how can this be safe?

fog | Jul 12, 201703:59 PM     3

It seems the general consensus is that wok stirfries should be done at as high a temperature as possible - i.e., 600-900+ deg F. Professional chefs in Asia supposedly go far higher when they stirfry on their high-powered burners.

I'm having trouble understanding how these temperatures are safe, given that they far surpass the smoke point of any common oil, which seem to top out around 500 deg F. At above 630 deg F, you're also likely tipping over the flash point of almost all oils.

I understand that the presence of food brings down the cooking temperature, and that everything's constantly moving around, but I imagine if you start with a ~900 deg F wok (or even higher if in a restaurant kitchen) you'll still wind up cooking at a temperature that vastly exceeds any oil's smoke point and possibly flash point as well.

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