Yaki Yaki San
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- Size: 32.5 cm (13") diameter x H11 cm (4.25") – incl. the grill top
- Weight: 4.2 kg (about 9.5 lbs.)
Iga-yaki Grill, "Yaki Yaki San"
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.
Iga-yaki earthenware grill:
Made from the special ancient clay from Iga, Japan
Smokeless Tabletop Grill:
Collaboration of Earth, Water, and Fire
This uniquely designed Iga-yaki (Iga-style) ceramic grill promotes the Far Infrared Radiation (FIR) when the grill is heated with the flame of the stove.
With this effect, the heat built in the grill reaches to the core of each ingredient fast and cooks like the charcoal grill.
- Because the ceramic grill is made of the naturally porous clay from Iga, Japan, the grill tends to retain the same heat level even right after ingredients are placed on the grill.
- The grill body is designed to work as a hearth, which also helps the heat to build slowly and prevents the grill from becoming too hot.
- By filling the outer reservoir with the water, it works as a drip pan, where the excess fat from the cooking can drain through the gaps of the slightly inclined grate. This system not only helps the healthier cooking, but also keeps the grease from draining directly over the flame.
- With the combination of FIR, heat-retention system, and the outer reservoir mentioned above, this ceramic grill could cook the ingredients to the desirable doneness while keeping the smoke release minimum.
*Depending on the ingredients and cooking temperature, the grill could release some amount of smoke.
Basic Grilling Instructions:
Iga-yaki Grill, "Yaki Yaki San"
- Set the grill body (bottom part) over the gas stove top. Fill the outer reservoir with the water to 80% full. Set the top grill on the grill body.
- Heat the grill for about 5 minutes over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium. The grill is ready to cook ingredients. Brush the grill top with the oil to prevent certain ingredients from sticking if necessary.
- When the water level of the reservoir becomes too low, fill with more water.
*In order to keep the grill top from burning with the residual marinade, etc., we suggest you wipe it with the wet paper towel as necessary.
This Iga-yaki Grill doesn’t require to be pre-seasoned before the first use. Once it’s rinsed and dried. your “Yaki Yaki San” is ready to be used.
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 Pottery (Ceramic)
- Made by Nagatani-en
- Origin: Iga, Japan
- Color: black
- The parts consist of the skillet (bottom part) metal grate, and grill top
- The package also includes an English instruction sheet
- Not suitable for dishwasher