A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 30, 2023
“Why is stir fry never cooked on the ocean?”/“Because everyone knows you can’t wok on water.”

“Wok” sounds like “walk,” and there are many jokes. “Who can forget Neil Diamond’s classic, ‘Wok on Water’? I think he wrote it for Emeril…” was posted on the newsgroup rec.music.filk on March 5, 2002.
   
“What would you say about the abilities of a stir-fry chef on a boat? He can wok on water!” was posted on Twitter by Happiness Club on February 27, 2012. “Why did jesus make stirfry in the south china sea? To prove that he could wok on water” was posted on Twitter by Pun On My Face on April 19, 2014. “Jesus preached, healed the sick and even taught Chinese cooking from his boat on the Sea of Galilee. Huge crowds gathered to see him wok on water” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on October 16, 2022. “Why is Stir Fry never cooked on the ocean? Because everyone knows you can’t Wok on water” was posted on Reddit—Dadjokes on Pril 29, 2023.
       
“Did you hear about the new Chinese cookbook? ‘101 Ways to Wok Your Dog‘,“ “I found stir fry all over my bed this morning. I must have been sleep wokking again” and “What do you call a zombie who stir fries?”/“Dead Man Wokking” are other “wok” jokes.
     
   
Wikipedia: Wok
A wok (Chinese: 鑊; Pinyin: huò; Cantonese wohk) is a deep round-bottomed cooking pan from China. It is common in China and similar pans are found in parts of East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as being popular in other parts of the world.
 
Woks are used in a range of Chinese cooking techniques, including stir frying, steaming, pan frying, deep frying, poaching, boiling, braising, searing, stewing, making soup, smoking and roasting nuts.
       
Google Groups: rec.music.filk
MP3: “Altar of Fire”
Wesley Struebing
Mar 5, 2002, 8:18:34 PM
>Martin DeMello wrote in message
>news:a5roau$9lmd7$1…@ID-121029.news.dfncis.de…
>> Mark Kinney wrote:
>> > “Arthur Levesque”

wrote in message
>> > news:a5o34t$8tcml$2…@ID-75701.news.dfncis.de…
>> >> >>>“Fats Domino” “Wokking to New Orlean
>> >> Larry>“Wok Don’t Wun” by the Wentures featuring Elmer Fudd.
>> >> Rob>And who could forget that Johnny Cash classic, “I Wok the Line”?
>> >> Rob>Or Katrina and the Waves 80s pop hit “Wokking on Sunshine”?
>> >> Rob>(humming the timeless Bacharach song “Wok On By”...)
>> >> Isn’t Aerosmith doing a new theme song for the American version of
>> >> the Iron Chef called “Wok This Way”?
>>
>> > Or Nancy Sinatra, on Bamboo theme ingredient night, “These Shoots Were
>Made
>> > For Wokkin’”
>>
>> > Or the Police could get back together for “Wokking on the Moon.”
>>
>> Or, of course, that timeless classic, “Wok Awound the Clock”
>
>“Wokking My Cat Named ‘Dog’”? [forget who did the original]
>(I think the Cat would object mightily…)
>
 
Who can forget Neil Diamond’s classic, “Wok on Water”? I think he wrote it for Emeril…
 
Twitter
Happiness Club
@happinessclubnu
What would you say about the abilities of a stir-fry chef on a boat? He can wok on water!
5:24 PM · Feb 27, 2012
     
Twitter
msrevking
@gcommking
Some Great Business Ideas -New Chinese stir fry place down on the lakeshore. Wok on Water.
10:03 PM · Nov 6, 2012
     
Twitter
Tim 🚪
@timdorr
I hear there’s a new Chinese stirfry place by the lakeshore: Wok on Water.
11:42 AM · Dec 12, 2012
   
Twitter
Pun On My Face
@PunOnMyFace
Why did jesus make stirfry in the south china sea? To prove that he could wok on water
3:33 PM · Apr 19, 2014
   
Twitter
EOD
@KinforkMedia
Wok on Water: 10 simple stir fry dishes that will have even your most pious guests singing “Jesus H. Christ this is deelish!!”
7:33 PM · May 29, 2014
   
Twitter
W. Dow Rieder
@Riderius
“What’s wrong with cooking stir-fry in an ice-fishing hut?”
“You fool! You can’t wok on water!”
8:10 PM · Oct 8, 2016
   
Twitter
April Showers When the Beast Devours in Your Eyes
@DustinYourEyes
I put my stirfry pan into a swimming pool so I could wok on water. #1pun
1:53 PM · Sep 6, 2018
   
Twitter
Blue Berrymore
@BerrymoreBlue
Thinking about whipping up some Chinese stir fry on a boat so I can be more like Jesus and wok on water.
8:02 PM · Jun 9, 2022
 
Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/ButtahChicken October 16, 2022
Jesus preached, healed the sick and even taught Chinese cooking from his boat on the Sea of Galilee.
Huge crowds gathered to see him wok on water.
   
Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/Ynotasub April 29, 2023
Why is Stir Fry never cooked on the ocean?
Because everyone knows you can’t Wok on water.
   
Twitter
Anon Church Guy
@MrChurchGuy
Why didn’t Peter cook stir fry while out on the boat?
He was never very successful trying to wok on water.
11:18 AM · Apr 29, 2023

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