I love my big kitchen in Asia and let me tell you that big kitchens are VERY rare in Asia and an oven is non existent in most apartments and homes. Most kitchens are tiny as street food is the name of the game here.Cooking in Asia is done outside mostly.
Remember when we used the toaster oven to bake cookies our first Christmas in Asia...we were thrilled and lucky to have even a toaster oven.
I got one wth a super low heat too, so I could use it as a dehydrator for things like making my own coconut flour easily ( story coming) from the cheap and abundant healthy coconut here.
It's crazy! I may be the only one in tropical Asia to have both a crock pot ( for bone broths) and an oven in my kitchen and both of them going almost every day. Actually, the crock pot is usually on at night.
So now we have invested in an oven, crock pot, blender and juicer..all cheap here and we can store them all with friends when we leave, so they will wait for our return.
This is so not me, but I am loving cooking, baking, fermenting delicious and super healthy real food and my family is loving it. Mozart's worldschooling now includes lots of cooking and baking too.
We are all enjoying the homey feel to this place and getting healthier with good food.
Completing Mandarinimmersion here, ( we leave when she finishes the 6th grade level in reading and writing which isn't too far away as she plows through it with her new tutor) has this world traveling family slowed down a bit, but we are taking full advantage of these domestic adventures and loving it.