A reader made a comment about my wok looking like it came straight from China, which I take as a compliment. So, thanks! It got me thinking about caring for woks, and how they are similar to fine wine, leather and some really great pieces of furniture (and Harrison Ford, usually)...they only get better with age. You should NEVER, EVER, EVER scrub your wok after you use it. No soap. No harsh scrubby brush. Just hot water and gentle removal of any food. And, as I learned from my Mom this weekend, dry your wok by placing it back on the stove and turning the burner up high, so the water evaporates and the wok dries quickly. That way, there is no opportunity for rust stains. Thanks,Mom. You're so smart.
Note: I've also read that you should oil your wok after rinsing and drying, but I've never done that. My wok's been stir-frying for over 10 years now, and still going strong!