JR8 wrote:My SGn MIL certainly routinely cooks. I cooked a lot in SG. My in-laws all seem to cook at home or have their maids cook.
I can understand the point about food-court chow being so economical that for many people it probably makes no sense cooking often at home. But I still don't think I get the idea of an apartment having a kitchen but not being expected to use it.
Could it be that a large proportion of SG-Chinese are happy with food-court food, but other races cannot get their own cuisine so widely, and therefore are more likely to wish to cook it at home? So definition the SGn-Chinese cook much less than other races.
ps. Er, what exactly is a landlords problem with cooking anyway? Wouldn't seem wise to restrict your market of potential tenants over such a matter.
JR8: You are one lucky guy .. to have a MIL who cooks .. forget about your family .. ask the next door maid if she cooks .. 90% she will buy and only about 10% of the time she will cook
Not just chinese, indians and malays, in Singapore, find eating out faster and cheaper and an occasional cook-at-home is much better than daily cooking ..
as for what happens to the kitchen if regular cooking happens ?? one of My past co-tenants, were filipinos, and were extremely fond of deep frying and letting meat simmer for upto an hour ...
Net result: when we vacated, the landlord not only held back 1,000 $ of the deposit for cleaning the kitchen, and in an effort to prove him wrong, our valiant efforts with the best cleaning agent + hours of scrubbing only produced one result: NOTHING !!!
And only when I looked back, i realised the wall was not as black as it was, when we took over, and within a couple of years, we had turned it extremly black ..
Well, not all kitchens have smoke/oil extractors, and not all kitchens are fully washable ..
If you been to India, in India, the kitchen tops are concrete, and a period clearing and top down washing is the norm, to remove all stains and oil ..
Over and out ..