Basic Kitchen Tools List In Japanese Cooking

Are you ready to cook Japanese cuisines?! If you are, then that’s great, but what are the kitchen tools you will need? Well, here is a list of 9 types of Japanese cooking kitchenware and cookware that we suggest and which you can easily find in many Asian grocery stores or on the internet.

1. Japanese Kitchen Knifes

Japanese well-known kitchen knife

The Japanese knife is essential can be an indispensable tool for your kitchen, especially if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine! There are several types of Japanese knives, and here are the main four:

  • Yanagiba is a long asymmetrical knife particularly suitable for cutting sashimi
  • Santoku is a versatile knife. It can be used to cut meat or vegetables
  • Usuba is a square-shaped knife. It is used exclusively for vegetable cutting.
  • Deba bocho is a knife that can help you make fish fillets and cut them with more precision.

Which one to choose? To begin with, I recommend finding the set here, which is quite versatile, then you can use the deba bocho, making sure your fish fillets will look like they are prepared by a pro(you will also look like a pro chef while using these knife.

When you have a Japanese knife on your side, a sharpening stone is also an essential and required addition. Your knife must always be sharp to cut food well, right.

You should know that these Japanese knives are made either for a right-handed, left-handed or ambidextrous persons

2. Hangiri Rice Mixing Tub with lid

Sushi tub with lid

Rice is omnipresent not only in Asian cuisine, which is why an electric rice-cooker is a handy device because you don’t have much to do to cook rice when using it successfully. But if you want to use a more traditional method of cooking Japanese rice style, then you can make your Japanese rice in a rice mixing tub, also called Hangiri.

To finish the preparation of your Japanese rice, you have to spread it in a hangiri, which is a large flat wooden container. Use the rice spatula, made of wood or plastic, to mix the rice without crushing it gently. Often a hand fan is used to cool the rice and make it look shiny. Finally, the Hangiri preserves the rice warm and fresh for longer once cooked.

3. Sushi Mat Kit + PDF Guide for beginners

Sushi mat kit + PDF guide

The makisu is a kind of small bamboo mat made by weaving delicate bamboo stems with a cotton string. Makisu is used mainly for the preparation of maki sushi, but also tamagoyaki or to drain the leaves of spinach after cooking.

If you wish to buy these utensils for your preparations or as a gift, you will find your happiness in the artisan’s shops of the Kappabashi district in Tokyo.

The makisu mat will allow you to wrap the Maki during preparation. You can also use it to prepare vegetables like spinach or compress tamagoyaki (Japanese omelets) to give it a square shape.

4. Sushi Molds and Presses

If you are in a hurry and want to make bento for your children, plastic mounds will save you a lot of time!

These are perfect for making onigiri (rice balls), for example, maki, gyoza (Japanese ravioli), sushi and sweets with original shapes. Made of plastic or cast iron, we admit it is a convenient and efficient accessory!

Tip: you can moisten them so that the rice does not stick when in contact with the mold, so you can unmould it more easily.

5. Japanese Mandoline Slicer

Japanese Mandoline Slicer

The mandoline slicer is an entirely new and trendy Japanese kitchen tool, but above all very easy to use. It’s’s efficient, ecological, small, and very economical.

It’s’s perfect for small spaces and especially for small kitchens. Moreover, it is also the ideal utensil for those who are tired of equipping themselves and storing large machines in their kitchen cabinets. It is also suitable for anyone who wants to cook simple and quick recipes like fresh salads, for example.

The Japanese mandolin is the perfect kitchen tool to surprise all of your guests or simply to prepare a beautiful plate of vegetables and especially fresh fruit salads.

A kitchen mandolin, whether you use it for cutting, grating, or slicing thin slices of vegetables or fruits, is often the most practical utensil to use due to the quality of the cut it makes and the efficiency of this Japanese kitchen tool.

Taking only a small storage space, it would quickly find its place in your kitchen, it does not require electricity and is easier to clean than electric models.

There are many types of mandoline slicers on the market. They range from a few dollars. You can buy at the corner shop too few hundred dollars for high-end models, which are offering better safety and precision for the user.

6. Cast Iron Teapot

Japanese cast iron teapot

In Japanese cuisine, some salty recipes also use green tea either infused or as a decorative addition to dishes like chazuke.

Green tea is a must for almost all Japanese dishes, so a teapot is an essential accessory for your kitchen and especially if you are a tea lover like myself. Be it Sencha, Dragonwell, or other types of green tea, and you won’t regret buying a cast iron teapot for your tea preparation. When you purchase tea, always search for high quality and freshness as this is very important when brewing tea.

Genuine properly stored loose-leaf tea made in such teapot will undoubtedly give you an enjoyable tea drinking experience.

7. Japanese Omelette Pan

variety of cook foods on square pan

1 Square frying pan: this frying pan allows you to make tamagoyaki, the famous Japanese omelets. It is not a necessary tool but practical.

2 Takoyaki pan: this pan allows you to make small takoyaki balls, you can put the ingredients you want inside, recommended if you are a fan of takoyaki.

3 Donburi frying pan: the handle of this frying pan is vertical and allows making oyakodon, a rice dish on which a mixture of eggs and chicken is placed.

4 Japanese wok: Japanese recipes are inspired mainly by Chinese methods, and many of them use a wok, which is very useful to mix ingredients thanks to its full and rounded shape.

These types of pans are not essential and are more suitable for specific Japanese recipes. You can always use your classic round large containers if you don’t have one of the mentioned above

8. Chop Sticks and other essential kitchen tools and accessories

Japanese chopsticks allow you to look cool while you eat, but also to cook with style! Indeed, there are long Japanese chopsticks called Ryoribashi. They are often used for frying and allow avoiding burning, and to return the food in the hot oil. There are others a little less long called Ishibashi, which helps to serve the hot dishes safely.

When you are diving deeper into the world of Japanese food and its preparation, you will need a few additional utensils. These include a skillet pan, a frying pan with a lid, a colander, a salad bowl, kitchen scissors, a dosing machine, and a mortar and pestle.

The other accessories you should have and which will be very useful in your Japanese kitchen, are a kitchen machine and a blender, then you will be very well-equipped to start your cooking journey!

Having a damp cloth next to you will also be vital as it is used to keep your hands moist when handling rice, it is also used to moisten your knife and clean it when cutting. Having wet hands is essential and will allow you to make the rice less sticky.

And for food lovers, a wasabi grater is a plus (you can use any ordinary grater for that purpose)! Fresh wasabi is delicious and has nothing to do with the green fluorescent paste we know from Japanese restaurants.










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