Here is some of the tools from my kitchen. Are they unfamiliar with you?
1) A special pan for takoyaki . This is not popular all over the Japan, but only at Kanasai area, they have these pans commonly in the kitchen.
2) A square pan for tamagoyaki/Japanese omelette. See the You-tube video I attached below, and you can see how to make tamagoyaki.
3)It is called surikogi(the stick) and suribachi(the bowl). They are used to grain sesame seeds until they become sticky and oily. They add some ingredients into the sesame paste and dress boiled vegetable.
4)Makisu is used for making Makizushi/sushi roll.
5)A measuring cup
6)A set of measuring spoons
Looking the cooking books from foreign countries, I often find ‘tablespoon’ or ‘tea-cup’ for measuring. I wonder it’s inaccurate since you have various sizes of tablespoon or tea cup! In Japanese books, you can see, for example ‘one cup’, that means one cup of 200 ml measuring cup. Also, ‘one big spoon’ means you’re supposed to use that biggest spoon of the set you can see in the pic. Having these two tools are quite natural for the Japanese. Of course, when I can’t find those in someone’s kitchen, I can use any other cup or spoon and measure by sight.
7)O-shamoji/ a spatula for steamed rice. It has hubbly surface to prevent it from being messy with rice.
8)A spoon for eating boiled kani/crab. I don’t think it’s common tools but my husband has had it before we got married. Crab is comparably expensive meal in Japan, so we have used the spoon once or twice up to now…
His name is Gyoro-chan. He is the machine to shave a block of ice and make frappe in summer. His eyes moves right and left while he’s shaving ice. I’ve kept him since I was a child.
I have these high-tech tools but I don’t use them regularly. Because I hate to read their manual and moreover there is no vacant electric outlet in my kitchen. You could finish whipping cream with your hand and a whisk while you’re looking into the manual to find how to whip the cream! How short-tempered I am…
Do you have any unique kitchen tools for some specific meals?