“Dirty Kitchen” Will / Does your Retirment Home Have One
The term “dirty kitchen” in the Philippines relates to kitchen workspace, typically separated and outside the main living space. It is usually the second cooking area of the home. It is used to, traditionally, cook the majority of the food, using wood burning stoves. It allows for people to cook food items that are obtrusive in odor or just better cooked by wood / coal burning than with gas or electric cook tops. Imagine frying fish in your kitchen and the odor it produces or even grilling a pork chop with your BBQ in your house and the need becomes clear. In poorer households the “dirty kitchen” may well be their only kitchen.
“Dirty Kitchens” can be directly compared to outdoor kitchens here in the states. Funny thing is though that outdoor kitchens here in the states are typically reserved for the wealthy. Most everyone else has a BBQ grill of some type that they do their grilling / smoking in. Outdoor kitchens can be anything from a simple cook-top with a counter to a expansive cooking and preparation area including sinks, cabinets, refrigerators, rotisseries and the like. If you look here you will see that there is practically no limit to what you could do with a outdoor kitchen or the amount of money you could spend. Google Images of Outdoor Kitchens
We are planning to have a outdoor cooking area in our retirement home. We have designated a fairly large area of landscape to the outdoor kitchen / eating area. It will be a concrete surface, most likely pebbled so there will be no slipping in the rain or when water from the pool is tracked in. Will have a high roof so that smoke will not permeate the area and a large ceiling fan (Our post on ceiling fans) to keep the area cool and the bugs to a minimum. It will be the centralized gathering space for family functions, parties and just spending time outdoors near the pool. We may have to raise our dirty kitchen up a terrace higher than the pool depending on what the Architects can come up with in regards to the landscaping. I hope to have a gas grill with rotisserie. (Not much better than a marinated manok that has been cooked on the grill) I will make sure to include normal gas powered cooking surface/s so that the family and more importantly the Asawa can have her pritong isda (fried fish) to her heart’s content. I probably will have some sort of small refrigerated area for gatherings and plenty of work space. I may end up bringing the larger components over with us, unless I can find reasonable priced alternatives in Davao that are of good quality.
Besides this area being used for parties / functions and the cooking of “stinky” foods, it will be the ONE AND ONLY location on the property where Durian will be allowed to reside, be opened or consumed. In case you are not familiar with Durian, most westerners are not, I give you Andrew Zimmern, star of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods.