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Bistro Mushi Nabe

Rustic Modern Donabe Steamer

$ 220.00
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  • Size: 27 cm (11")-dia  x H17 cm (7")
  • Capacity: 2,000 ml (about 2 liter)
  • Weight: 3.4 kg (about 7.5 lbs)
  • Tongs for steam grate is included in the package

Donabe Steamer, "Bistro Mushi Nabe"

Our popular donabe steamer, Mushi Nabe, with rustic modern design.

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. Each donabe is made by skilled craftsmen with care at Nagatani-en’s facility. It takes about 2 weeks for one donabe to be made. This beaufiful Iga-yaki donabe is not only a great cooking tool, but also makes a great table-top presentation.


Multi-purpose donabe for steaming, soup, stew, and roasting. Its flat bottom can be heated empty

This donabe steamer, "Bistro Mushi Nabe" has the authentic rustic Iga-yaki look with a modern design. The knob is square-shape, and there are Nagatani-en's "iga-mono" logos etched on the handles.

By removing the steam grate, you can use the donabe as a classic-style donabe. Also, unlike most of classic-style donabe, with its thick body, this donabe can be heated without any liquid inside of the donabe. So, this donabe is especially ideal for sautéing, steam-frying or roasting. Also, the flat bottom makes it easier when you align ingredients in layers. This is a very versatile multi-purpose donabe for every day use for steaming, hot pot, soup, stew, roasting, etc.

For basic steaming process, see our Donabe Steamer, "Mushi Nabe" product page.

Using the Donabe Steamer "Bistro Mushi Nabe" Cold

"Mushi Nabe" can work as a portable "fridge" with the effect of the heat of vaporization.

To maximize the effect, soak inner side of both parts (except for the steam grate) of "Mushi Nabe" with water (about 3 minutes) and drain, then spread the ice cubes inside of the donabe body, and on the steam grate. Decorate with the ingredients and close the lid.

It’s ideal for serving the cold food such as sashimi, fresh vegetables with dip, fruit salad, etc. The water will drip through the grate to the bottom, so the ingredients won’t become too wet when the ice on the grate melts.

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.

For Easy Handling of Hot Steam Grate, tongs are included in the package

General Product Information

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

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