Glen Lee, Wok Mon Inventor
by Chase Collum
Jun 19, 2014 | 23116 views | 0 0 comments | 239 239 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When most people look at their gas stovetop, they see a place to cook their food, but Queens resident Glen Lee saw room for improvement. That is why he invented the Wok Mon.

The Wok Mon captures excess gas that is released into the air unburned and hyper-focuses the heat into a single superheated flame, which “puts your gas stove on steroids, turning it into a jet engine so you can do a proper stir-fry,” according to Lee.

“The Wok Mon fits onto a regular three-inch stove, and it filters all the wasted gases into the middle of the pan just like a Bunsen burner, and it let’s you cook just like in a Chinese restaurant,” Lee said.

“When I put an infrared thermometer on it, it reads up to 860 degrees. That’s restaurant territory.” Lee was inspired to create the Wok Mon because gas stoves do not allow for proper “wok hei,” or the heat concentration necessary for wok cooking, forcing home chefs to use oil to compensate for the inability to cook stir-fry the way it was meant to be cooked.

“Now you don’t have to order Chinese takeout. You can control the ingredients and control your destiny,” Lee said. “We can control the obesity that is affecting America.”

For this reason, the director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program, Executive Director Sam Kass, has recognized the Wok Mon as a vital tool for fighting childhood obesity. When he’s not tinkering with new inventions and ideas, Glen also works as an actor, having appeared in such films as Big Trouble in Little China, The Departed, Arbitrage, and the soon-to-be-released Tracers, starring Taylor Lautner, as well as several television shows and commercials.

Lee’s desire is for the Wok Mon to be American-made, with his sights set on Nyack, New York, and is currently working with to raise the capital needed for molds and initial construction.

“If people make pledges and we can build a grassroots following, then we can have this made in America so that we can hire Americans to keep jobs here,” Lee said.
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