cast iron pots, dutch oven, France, le Crueset, Paul Bocuse, Staub
I love to cook as much as I love to eat.
Unfortunately, I never did have many opportunity to cook since most of the time the kitchen I use are own by other people. (i.e. my mom) Mom is pretty fussy about us using her kitchen and playing with her cooking utensils. ;p
So, the only time I get to do any serious cooking is whenever she’s away and during my time studying in Melbourne. However, Melbourne days were filled with assignments and exams which also means cooking time is slashed down to simple quick dishes (a.k.a. microwave food)
As I am busy pouring over interior design for my new home, I also started dreaming about the entire different cooking utensils which I wish to own in my future kitchen. One of the item from the list is the dutch-oven / cast iron pot.
Previously, I dare not look at these pots because it is usually so expensive and not owning my own kitchen will means that my precious pot might be not used as carefully as I want. Now that I am planning for my own kitchen, how can I not look?! And so, begin the journey of my research on these amazing pots.
Being a frequent traveler to France, I am bias towards French brands for these babies. So, I cut my choice down to 2 brands (Le Crueset and Staub). After religiously pouring over the forums and interviewing friends, I come to a simple conclusion. Both are equally good with pro and cons for both brands. (I am not going to go into details about the difference between the brand as I think the internet has already have ample information on that)
However, I did notice that Le Crueset is much more raved about in the USA. Perhaps it is because most of their celebrity chef uses Le Crueset. Initially, I was planning on getting the Le Crueset as this is the only brand I can find in Malaysia. But, the price seems a little too high for me. The 27cm oval would probably cost you about RM 1,100 – 1,200 (USD 365 – USD 400).
As for Staub, I didn’t manage to find it anywhere. Sigh… So, I couldn’t compare the price. The nearest place to get Staub would be in Singapore!!! and even then, prices are about SGD 350 – 400). But, I was told by a good friend that sometimes during sales, you can get a good price of SGD 150 for the pot. Personally, I preferred Staub because Paul Bocuse endorses it !!! And several of my favorite restaurants in France uses it too.
In the end, I decided that the main factor which will dictate my decision would be the price. Now begin my journey of hunting for a good bargain. Finally, I manage to find this online site in Sydney which offers really good deal for the Staub pot. Without hesitating, I bought 2 of them!!! I got the 31cm Oval and 24cm Round for a total of AUD 247 (approx. RM 770) courier to Melbourne (since I am heading there anyway – and also because the site only deliver within Australia).
The next problem is lugging it back to Malaysia . Let me tell you, these babies are not light. The 31cm weights about 6kg and the 24cm about 3 kg. So, about 9 kg of my allowed weight was taken by these pots. My hubby just rolls his eyes when he saw how the pots took up almost 90% space in my luggage. hehehe…
I am now a proud new owner of 2 Staub pots. Love the colors too – Pesto.
Hi Chulet, I’m also looking for Staub! Can you advise where to buy in KL or Sg maybe??
Are you from KL ?
I saw them in a shop in Pavillion, KL. (Pavillion is a shopping centre near to LOT 10)
Not sure what was the name of the shop but it was very near to the Tokyo street side.
I think it should be the Zwilling shop since Staub is one of their subsidiary.
I find the price abit too expensive…
My friends from Singapore told me that when there’s a sale, it gets pretty cheap there.
And, I am pretty sure they carry them in Tangs and Takashimaya in Singapore.
You won’t regret buying Staub !!! i LOVE mine to bits. And they cook amazingly. 🙂
All the best in hunting them down.
Lisa Karanastasis said:
if you are really desperate to get them and at a really good price as well, then try http://www.williams-sonoma.com/
they have an almost complete range of Staub cookware at reasonable prices, and their shipping to Singapore is a lot cheaper than most (I should know I live in Singapore and just bought 2 new pots).
Have fun shopping!
Thanks for the tips. 🙂
Enjoy cooking in your new pots.
yoke ling said:
Hey, i’ve found staub in malaysia! Its selling at zwillings henckel store in pavillion. Yesterday i went there and they are having an offer for the 28cm graphite gret round cocotte for rm888 only, original price was 1788 and it comes with a 10cm mini cast iron pot too. I bought it without second thoughts. The reds are on offer at 788 & 888 too but only 24cm & 26cm. They r so beautiful and i’ll get them later too. Im also a proud owner of 2 staub pots, a green oval one with roaster knob and the graphite grey. Yeah!
Hi Yoke Ling. 🙂
cool…I love the graphite range too ! Hehehe.. you are now the proud owner of 3 pots ! 🙂
The green oval, 28cm graphite and 24cm Red. Nice !
Have fun cooking with them.
Yoke ling said:
Yes! I’m now a proud owner of 4 staub! 29,28,24&10! Gosh they are addicting!
Hey Yoke Ling !!
Cool. hehehe.. yes they are addictive…. 😉
*jumping and giggling with joy*
share picture !!! 🙂
yoke ling said:
Here they are!
yoke ling said:
Hi victor, if u still havent gotten ur staub, go to pavillion now. Zwilling is having promotion, i just bought 28cm at 888 and 24cm red with 4 mini ceramic pot is at 788. Very well worth it.
yoke ling said:
COOL !!!! thanks for sharing your pictures… You cook amazing stuff ! 🙂
I love Kenwood too ! hhehehheee…
Love your website! The staubs you bought in AU is really a good bargain. Would you mind sharing the sellers website here?
Hi Michelle and BBCC,
Thanks for dropping by my blog. 🙂 And glad you love it.
I got in from Peter Kensington during one of their Staub specials.
If you are in Sydney, they have an actual store there.
You can check out their website at
Have fun !
Thanks for helping us find the website. we are now waiting for the big sale. do you have an idea about when the sales start? or how do you know the sale? thanks again.
From what I notice, they usually have some sort of promotion before Christmas. I signed in with them to receive their e-news. So, from time to time, they will send to me their promotion. Perhaps you could sign up with them too. 🙂
BTW, have you decide which size you want to get?
We perhaps buy 26cm first for a 6-people family. What is your suggestion? we also considered 24cm one. Thank you for your help.
Yes – 26cm should be good for 6-people (depending what you are cooking and how many adults). 26cm can easily fit one chicken inside (with some vege on the side).
If you are making beef stew, this is definitely a good size.
Personally, if I am making a chicken stew for 6 persons (adult), I’ll prefer to use my 31cm oval (about 1.5-2 chicken).
This is because I normally prefer use drumsticks and tights (long bones structure) and it can be quite hard to fit them around the 26cm.
Have fun shopping ! 🙂
can share the website where you bought the staubs?