My Precious KA
It's China made counterpart
Look at the size difference !
I've always dream of a Kitchen Aid mixer since I started baking for fun few years ago ! Each time I watch Nigella on TV using her KA, I'll be thinking when am I going to have my own ??
Hubby must have know that I'm desperate for one, he got me my KA 2 years ago. We got it from Singapore & brought it all the way back to KK, a 15kg gadget ! I got myself a food grinder attachment too, have only used once to mince meat. It was fun but was a hassle clearing up so I gave up, it's now hiding somewhere in my cabinet.
Ever since I started my little bakery, I found that it was too much of a strain for my KA so I started looking around for an alternative. Some time last year at a trade fair, I saw this company, Sin Yuan Machinery, diplaying their Orimas brand of mixers but they are all too heavy to be on a countertop. Coincidently, they are bringing in another batch of mixers which are more suitable for home use. After a month of anticipating, I got a call from them that the mixers have arrived !
Hubby & I went to their shop at Kolombong. The moment we saw the mixer, we were looking at each other thinking OMG, this is a KA imitation ! Well, for a 8L capacity mixer with 2 bowls, it's really a good buy, so we bought it without second thoughts ! I would say you pay for what you get, the bowls are very rough made & I've got cut by the sharp edges several time, the one downside is that the warranty period is only 3 months, thats China made quality ! Right after the warranty period is over, the mixer refused to move, I got to bring it back to the shop for greasing but I refused to pay for it & got away with it !
I would say this mixer is useful for my daily baking but the performance is not that good. I've been using it for almost a year, sometimes it will stop by itself, give it a twist & turn, it'll work again. Nevertheless, this mixer has helped me cope with many cake orders. Oh something good about it, the capacity enables me to knead bread dough up to 1kg of flour whereas my KA only allows 400g as the capacity is only 5 Quart !
I think this mixer is working more than my KA now. Frankly, I don't know how long this mixer is going to last so I better make full use of it. So the pretty KA just sits at a corner in my kitchen, whipping cream & occasionally whipping up a batch of cupcake batter......