Eventually the kitchen installation is going in and I had heard it was difficult to put these units together but so far so good its been pretty easy. It does take time to make sure things are level and lined up but its getting there. The refrigerator is supposed to be turning up next week and I hope the kitchen is finished in time for its arrival.
When I was researching the construction of shipping container home projects I was disappointed that there was little information on the conclusion of projects and I am beginning to see why. Its the end of the project or second fix as its called in construction that is time consuming. Putting the concrete floor or the framing may seem like major steps in the construction but then seem minor milestones compared to the hassles and effort going in to installing things like flooring, kitchen cabinets or painting trim. The garage apartment is an extension of the container house and I will be getting back to that as soon as I can with some updates more frequently.
The new Ikea kitchen cabinets have really finished off the kitchen, only downside was some of the parts are missing for the horizontal cupboards. This is stopping me from finishing the final installation of the glass doors for them. Ikea though are shipping the parts direct to me from Sweden and they should be here by the end of next week. The refrigerator and microwave though have arrived and I will be installing the microwave tomorrow.
Singapore being forward thinking has not gone for waiting for people to come and try the cuisine but to bring the cuisine to the world stage by introducing its mobile kitchen/restaurant. On top of the obvious food trade there is also a Global Chef Exchange on offer to encourage exchanging of ideas and expand food opportunities. There is also and has been opportunity to meet the organisers and representatives from Singapore’s food producers to help expand trade and understanding in what Singapore has to offer on the plate.
The 20ft shipping container is fitted out as a modern kitchen to deal with the vast interest in the food cuisine both new and old. The tour began in London but is also doing the rounds in Paris,Moscow,New York,Hong Kong, Shanghai, Delhi, Dubai and also Syndey.
A great idea for spreading culinary tastes and delights from Singapore as well as a unique talking point.
Dates and venues of Singapore Takeout tour:
London ( 9 – 11 Jun 2011)
Chef Janice Wong (2am:dessertbar)
Paris ( 30 Jun – 2 Jul 2011)
Chef André Chiang (Restaurant André)
Moscow (15 – 17 Jul 2011)
Chef Ryan Clift (Tippling Club)
Chef Daniel Sia (The Disgruntled Chef)
New York (16 – 18 Sep 2011)
Chef Malcolm Lee (Candlenut Kitchen)
Hong Kong (10 – 12 Nov 2011)
Chef Armin Leitgeb (Les Amis)
Shanghai (1 – 3 Dec 2011)
Chef Willin Low (Wild Rocket)
Delhi (13 – 15 Jan 2012)
Chef Benjamin Seck (True Blue Cuisine)
Dubai (19 – 20 Feb 2012)
Chef Haikal Johari (winner of Channel News Asia’s “Perfect Meal” in 2009)
Sydney (30 Mar – 1 Apr 2012)
Team from Iggy’s