I saw these a lot when I lived in Korea. They use a lot of very strong smelling foods that tend to linger (garlic, chiles, oil, etc...) They use the spice kitchen to prepare and cook those foods so that it doesn't make the whole house smell. It's more like a closet with awesome ventilation rather than an actual room.
I saw that episode, too! I was shocked that they were actually finding houses that had a spice kitchen. I thought he was going to have to be like - Oh, there's a kitchenette in the basement, you can cook down there...
Who actually builds houses with 2 kitchens right next to each other?
i actually just have a crew come in and demo and rebuild every time i cook. what, like i'm going to CLEAN UP a kitchen? that's for peasants.
I put one in a house for a Persian client. There was a language barrier, and he kept calling it a 'Chinese kitchen' and I had no idea what he was talking about, but he wanted a small kitchen where his Chinese chef (lol) could prepare ethnic food and not have the smells permeate the house. At this point, we contracted a kitchen designer and learned that this is a thing, with complex and expensive venting systems etc.
I knew of one Indian family that had this. It was a small room between the garage and main portion of the house, with a 2nd stove, 2nd refrigerator, and lots of ventilation. It was adjacent to the main kitchen and dining area, but had a door so it could be closed off. They entertained a lot, and they were excellent cooks, so it seemed to be used more for overflow cooking than smelly cooking.
these are pretty common in many indian/chinese communities, though interestingly enough, not here in toronto (where we have large populations of both). i think they are especially common in edmonton, where that episode was filmed. ftr - i wish we had one growing up. i know that when i had friends over on sundays, the less cultured ones were wtf-ing the massive garlic and curry smells from my parents' kitchen.
Lots of older Greek people have a basement kitchen (second kitchen) where they cook and hide the mess and leave the upstairs one sparkling clean. The funniest was once visiting a small village in Crete where my cousin's MIL had an entire house that was just for show, decorated and super clean and they lived in a shack in the yard.
Post by kyukiyoshida on Jul 31, 2013 17:06:52 GMT -5
I just now watched that episode, and the Lady kept asking,"is there a spice kitchen"? Im like wtf is a spice kitchen? Just found out and I think its ridiculous. Sounds like a waste of Money, that could be used for a Master suite with a luxurious spa bathroom.