- Prepared lots of booze to get them drunk before dinner?
- Prepared delicious snacks for them?
- Leaving them enjoying some kind of entertainment, e.g. Wii/Xbox/PS3/TV/Karaoke machine/
- All/none of the above?
How about me? What do I do with my guests while I was cooking?
I choked them to near-death with super hot chilli and pungent onion-garlic cooking fumes.
I don't think you see many situations where dinner guests scrambling, desperately trying to open your windows, teary-eyed, coughing violently, gasping for air. Oh, my poor guests...and the kind of sufferings they went through for a lousy dinner :p
But that was before the arrival of my new baby.
My shiny and new exhaust fan.
Why did I not have this before?
Isn't it a standard item in a Hong Kong kitchen?
Isn't my stove facing a huge window/excellent ventilation?
The kitchen didn't have a proper hood with exhaust fans on top of the stove, because the previous owner bought and renovated this flat with sole intention to resell, he never lived here, never used the kitchen and only focused on making the flat look good in the eyes of potential buyers. Thus, the hood would only mean another additional HK$2k expenditure that's gonna block the view for him. Understandably, he didn't have it installed.
In terms of blowing out hot fumes, the window right behind my stove didn't help at all. It generally blows the fumes IN instead of OUT. I admire my own hot fume tolerance. I guess I got used to it, but it can't be good for me. I thank sous chef for insisting to get a hood with powerful exhaust fans (he was the one of the victims choking in the living room while I was cooking) when I almost gave up on the idea.
Welcome to the family.
Dinner guests, you can consider coming over for some super spicy food this time. No more choking. ^_^