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Bistro Donabe

Rustic Modern All-purpose Donabe

$ 150.00
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Bistro Donabe, ideal for 2 - 3 people.

  • Size: 22.5 cm (9")-dia  x 10.5 cm (4.25")
  • Capacity: 1,200 ml (about 5 cups)
  • Weight: 1.9 kg (about 4 lbs.)

Classic-style Donabe with Rustic Modern Design, Bistro Donabe

Authentic Iga-Yaki pottery, by Nagatani-en from Iga, Japan.

Iga-yaki is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics, which is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in late 7th Century. Nagatani-en, founded in 1832, is the leading producer of Iga-yaki potteries. Nagatani-en’s product has been loved by both professional chefs and home cooks.


Rustic Iga-yaki donabe with modern design

This classic-style donabe has the authentic rustic Iga-yaki look with a modern design. The lid is completely flat and fits tightly to the bowl. The knob is square-shape, and there are Nagatani-en's "iga-mono" logos etched on the handles.

The size is medium-small (1,200 ml), so this is a handy donabe for every day use for hot pot, soup, stew, roasting, etc.

The flat bottom can be heated empty

Unlike most of classic-style donabe, this donabe can be heated without any liquid in side of the donabe. So, this donabe is also ideal for sautéing or roasting. Also, the flat bottom makes it easier when you align ingredients in layers.


True "Terroir" of Iga

One of the reasons which make Iga-yaki donabe (Iga-style clay pot) so special is the clay.

Iga region, where this donabe is from, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa in the pre-historic time. The clay from this region naturally has the higher level of heat-resistance, therefore the potteries for the open-flame use have been made in this region for many hundreds of years. Because the clay from Iga consists of higher content of carbonated organisms from the pre-historic time, the clay which makes Iga-style donabe is generally porous. Therefore, it "breathes" during cooking. When cooked with Iga-style donabe, porous clay benefits the donabe to retain the heat fully before it’s penetrated to the core of each ingredient in the donabe. Also, the glaze of the surface of the donabe promotes the far infrared radiation (FIR) when heated. This FIR also helps the heat to slowly reach each ingredient for the even cooking.

General Product Information

  • Clay Pot (Ceramic)
  • Made by Nagatani-en
  • Origin: Iga, Japan
  • The parts consist of the pot (bottom part) and lid
  • The package also includes an English instruction sheet
  • Not suitable for dishwasher