The beauty and convenience of a thoroughly modern kitchen is often a strong selling point when marketing new homes and condominiums. These kitchens should be designed to emphasise beauty and ease of use, while incorporating attractive modern materials. Homeowners want them to be laid out in a way conducive to neatness and order with shelves and cabinets for storing appliances and utensils. Appealing colours and plenty of light are also important for creating a space that is pleasant to work or socialise in, because guests will most likely be invited to sit in the kitchen to eat and chat.
This kind of contemporary-style kitchen is usually thought of as a "Western" kitchen, one that incorporates concepts from Europe and the West. Thais like it, especially people who live in Bangkok who are quick to adapt to today's imported styles. But these Western-style kitchens are not really designed for cooking elaborate Thai dishes, and are equipped best for preparing simple recipes, warming up food for supper, making toast or coffee, or frying eggs for breakfast. If a full meal is to be cooked, Western-style dishes like soups, stews, sauces or simple fried dishes are best because they do not have strong, lingering smells or require the kind of frying that causes hot oil to spatter.
Can Thai food be cooked in a kitchen of this type? Generally, the answer is a qualified yes, given the availability of exhaust fans to get rid of strong smells and of electric appliances such as microwaves ovens, deep friers with covers and ovens that help to keep preparation clean and orderly. As a result, they are the kitchens of choice for modern urban households, although cooks who are serious about preparing authentic Thai cuisine might run into problems.
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