Unusual Kitchen Customs From Around the World

When designing your new commercial kitchen, it is not just marble flooring and quartz worktop you need to decide on but you also need to put your focus on the kind of menu that will be served as well as the required equipment to create that ideal kitchen. Here are some unique features from various kinds of kitchens around the world, from the bizarre to the clever you’ll be amazed.


An ideal kitchen, to begin with, is a Japanese Teppanyaki. There is a renowned Benihana Teppanyaki restaurant now located near St. Paul’s over in London. So, what is it that makes Teppanyaki so unique? When you arrive you’re greeted with a customary Japanese bowing and you’ll be served green tea at a communal table in the centre of the room which is a hotplate. After you’ve given your order, a chef will cook your order at this central hotplate. The main focal point will be the 6 inch Tanto knife which is used traditionally for ritual suicides and will be hanging from a scabbard on the chefs’ belt. This is followed closely by him banging this on the grill as he flips his spatula and makes a cross up in the air.


Italian kitchens are renowned for pizza ovens and the long-handled pizza peel. They will also have a variety of kitchen equipment that will include a baking oven, a grill, a deep fryer as well as stove ranges and broilers and lastly, the wood fire ovens that you often see in movies and commercials. Although pizza did originate in Italy, it’s now quite popular all around the world. Typical toppings will vary by region. In Australia for example, kangaroo and emu, as well as crocodile, are quite popular. If you live in India you may opt for pickled ginger with minced mutton and paneer. Sweden pizza includes peanuts, bananas as well as chicken and pineapple. There are nearly 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide annually and those ovens just keep going.


India is renowned for its fabulous foods and the kitchen is a valued and sacred area of the home. However, it now has a new and even more unique featured kitchen. That of the largest solar kitchen. With 84 receivers it allows cooking to be done at a temperature of 650 degrees. With the sun at its hottest, it can produce well over 30,000 meals per day.


How about a kitchen that is outside? A lot of Eastern and African cultures like Morocco have earthen ovens or earthen cook pits. This simple, ancient structure is a pit in the ground which traps the heat and is used in baking or steaming the food. After the fire is built, it will be allowed to smoulder. The food is then covered and placed in the oven and more moisture is added as required. The food will be allowed to smoulder in the pit for a few hours. Earthen ovens are a traditional method and with today’s ‘green living’ movement they are an ideal way of reducing the carbon footprint.


Finally, although there are other methods of cooking, is China. Here we have a typical commercial kitchen that you would anticipate with wok cookers, a steamer, a stock pot and a roasting oven. However, they have a new method with a Robot Restaurant in Harbin. This Chinese kitchen has a different appearance and is manned by none other than, robots. The cabinets are stocked with the required raw foods and one of the robots will prepare the meal. When the prep work is done, the food will be served by a server robot. A robot that sings will then entertain the guests as they dine.