Warning: If reading about non-essential food/cooking gear such as fishpans, grape scissors and caviar offends you…please skip this post. If you continue to read, you have no right to get all uppity about it, got it? I will simply delete any anti-nice thing comments. Heehee. Okay, here it is… my most material pride and joy…my stove. I was rather surprised by the comments on a recent post on banana leaves that had some views of our stove in the city (a five-burner La Germania from the local Anson’s store) that is our daily workhorse (our first one lasted five years then died from exhaustion). And I have received several emails in the past asking about photos of my kitchen, what equipment I prefer, etc. so I have finally decided to do a post on my stove. It is a Viking six burner + stovetop grill with twin ovens. And I love it.
Located in a Batangas weekend home, it is the centerpiece of a kitchen with light exposures on all four sides of the room. It is where I go to relax, to cook, to experiment. The stove is a luxury, no doubt about that, but it is a justifiable luxury in my opinion. It will last a good 15-20 years and if it were constantly being used (which it is not), its cost per meal is less than what most average Filipinos spend on text messages in an eight hour period. So there. I would definitely give up my texts for this stove instead. At 15,000 BTU’s (British Thermal Units), this baby heats up a pot of cold water in a flash (local stoves might hit half that heat level). It has a traditional gas oven but you can jazz it up by turning on the convection feature that fans the hot air around the baking food. The stovetop grill is terrific though I find we use an outdoor grill most of the time since it is readily available. I have actually never used all six grills at the same time… Other folks wax poetic about their fancy cars…I have my stove.
Manufactured in a factory somewhere in Mississippi, this stove was specially modified to locally available LPG (the mixture of gases in local LPG is different than U.S. gas),then trucked to the train station, sent by rail to California, trucked to a warehouse and then consolidated into a container that was shipped to Manila, picked up at the port by the freight forwarders who then trucked it to the beach. At 650+ pounds weight, it was a major hassle to move and install in the kitchen. It even got a slight dent in the process. But it was worth it. I picked the stove before we finalized the plans for the house. Today, there is a dealer who carries Viking in Manila. They also have service personnel. So bringing one in now would be less of a hassle. It is hefty, sturdy and just my size. All the stainless steel surfaces are easy to clean. The heavy cast iron grills put local stoves to shame. I will only live once (unless I return as an ant or a cricket) and this was one of my more material of goals… and now I am off for the weekend to use it!