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Re: Kitchenware accessories etc

Post by JR8 » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 5:06 pm

nburge wrote:I'm a big cooking fan, and can't wait to get to Singapore and update my cooking equipment, but can't seem to find the right type of store online to show prices etc of standard things like decent pans, knives, and other kitchen equipment. Is this easy to come by in Singapore? Expensive? Any commendations on shops?

Tangs is good, Takashimaya at Ngee Ann City also has a large range of 'western' made goods, but they will be $$$.

When you mention website, you mean you are looking for one in SG? I don't think you'll find one to be honest, at least not a half-way comprehensive one.

If you seriously wanted to kit out your kitchen with gear that will all take at least ten years* heavy use then I'd consider buying it in New York, or buying it from the US and freighting it. It is so much cheaper over there, especially if you start out buying say pan and knife sets, and then add to those over time piece by piece, as and when the need arises.

* I've just about decided that my 6" Analon pan, my most used pan I'd expect, is due for replacement. That is part of a multi-pan starter set that I bought 12 years ago. I have a feeling that a couple of years of not being able to wash up in hot water in SG (refer recent topic of hot water in kitchens in SG) led to an apparently immovable film of baked on oil residue which means it has lost much of it's non-stick ability. - - Just had a thought! Note that a lot of the heavy cast Alu pans (analon, circulon, the various chef's ranges) are made in Thailand. I wonder if there are any factory back-door or outlet stores!?

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Post by nburge » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 6:08 pm

Yeah, it seems that Singaporeans haven't really embraced online shopping. Couldn't find anything from here in the UK that linked to a store - I was just trying to figure out the costs of basic stuff. I already have a few really good pieces I'm bringing with me, but will want to get quality pans, and some general appliances for the kitchen (blenders etc) to jazz up my cooking capabilities.

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 7:00 pm

After eating, shopping is SG #1 social activity, that's why it's not on-line :wink:

More seriously though, I don't think the country is large enough to justify on-line sites for other than the most mainstream products. I mean just how many people are going to want to buy a starter set of Analon pans, or Henkel/Wusthof knives in a place where for many/most it would cost over a week's wages, and plus they have a domestic helper doing the cooking? Probably not enough to justify running an on-line shop for such products.

For electrical in the UK I'd go somewhere like John Lewis, or check on-line and bring with you, the voltage and plugs are the same. Pots/knives etc., check the UK, but also the comparative cost vs the US.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 7:08 pm

JR8 wrote:After eating, shopping is SG #1 social activity, that's why it's not on-line :wink:

More seriously though, I don't think the country is large enough to justify on-line sites for other than the most mainstream products. I mean just how many people are going to want to buy a starter set of Analon pans, or Henkel/Wusthof knives in a place where for many/most it would cost over a week's wages, and plus they have a domestic helper doing the cooking? Probably not enough to justify running an on-line shop for such products.

For electrical in the UK I'd go somewhere like John Lewis, or check on-line and bring with you, the voltage and plugs are the same. Pots/knives etc., check the UK, but also the comparative cost vs the US.
And when you can drive almost anywhere in thirty minutes to 'see it in the flesh'.

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 7:28 pm

Yep, true as well.

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Post by nburge » Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:03 pm

And when you can drive almost anywhere in thirty minutes to 'see it in the flesh'
I can do that in London. I just detest shopping with a passion (I'm a man, who went through the trauma of being dragged around department stores as a kid with my mum) and love the utility of the internet! Maybe I'll pick up the stuff here in London and just pay the shipping then.

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