How to use kitchen in Japan

Instruction for international students about how to use kitchen in Japan and how to prevent cooking oil stains in kitchen. One of the reasons that owners of private lodging facilities refuse to rent out their properties to foreign people is “the manner of using kitchen.”
You may think everywhere in the world use kitchen equipment in a similar manner, but in fact it matters to the owners.

Oil stain

Japanese-style dishes are cooked mainly by “boiling” or “grilling,” and almost all wooden apartment buildings are not constructed for the “stir-fry” cooking method.

However, people in other Asian countries prefer to use stir-fry or deep-fry cooking methods. So if they cook using Japanese kitchen equipment in the same manner, the cooking oil may be splashed widely over the wall and floor of the kitchen and the kitchen table, which causes oil stain. Furthermore, if they leave the stain unremoved, it will get sticky and odor will linger in the room, which will cause a very unsanitary environment.

How to prevent the problem of oil stains from using kitchen


Use ventilation fan

In the kitchen, there are various sources of stain such as water, dust and oil. Do not let the smoke generated while you are cooking fill the room, and always use the ventilation fan to circulate the air. Doing so will prevent the ceiling or wall in the kitchen from easily being stained and sticky by the oil spray.

Clean the kitchen equipment after cooking

It is also important to clean kitchen and wipe the kitchen equipment immediately after cooking. If you do not remove oil stain, it will collect dust and dirt, and is oxidized, resulting in persistent oil stain.

Use aluminum foil

By only covering the area to which oil would be scattered with aluminum foil before cooking, you can prevent oil stain. Then cook as usual and discard only the stained part of the foil. It is an easy way to prevent oil stain.

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Daily cleaning is the key

At evacuation from the facility, if it is found that not only the kitchen but also the entire room obviously looks dirtier than it originally was, cleaning fees may be charged. In such a case, the security money you paid when you moved in the facility may not be fully repaid and besides additional cleaning fees may be charged. In order to avoid any unnecessary costs, be sure to always keep not only the kitchen but also the room and the toilet clean.

However, you do not have to pay any cleaning fees for stain or dirt generated through normal use. Some people take measures such as taking photos of stain/dirt found in the room when they move in the place at first. By doing so, if cleaning fees are charged when they evacuate, they can claim that they are not responsible for such stain or dirt.

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