This donabe "hot pot" is made in Japan. The design is a leaf from a maple tree that is common in the Kyoto area. This earthenware vessel is used to make "nabemono" in Japan, a warming one-pot meal popular during the winter. Traditionally, a portable stove is placed in the center of table, and the pot is filled with broth and ingredients. There are many different variations of nabemono. Broths can be as simple as water flavored with a little bit of dried kelp, to stronger tastes made chicken or miso. Ingredients often include seafood, poultry, pork, vegetables, tofu, and udon. Nabemono is meant to be eaten as a communal meal, where diners gather around the table and pick items directly from the pot.
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Big enough for two. I usually cook on the range and then transfer to the table top burner. Cooking food with radiating heat does a much better job at infusing and bringing the flavors together.
For cooking rice using earthenware I highly suggest: http://www.amazon.com/Kotobuki-190-804-Earthenware-Large-Matte/dp/B00FOMMTV2/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0HA68WTKCCCEQJK6375H
Some tips: 1. Season it by slow cooking rice until it becomes like porridge. 1/5 rice to water ratio. Rice should become sludgy. Let it cool for an hour. Clean and rinse. 2. Always dry upside down. 3. Cook when the bottom of the outside is completely dry. Else you risk water expanding inside the earthenware which can lead to cracks. 3. Don't use high heat, warm it up using medium heat.
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I've purchased this nabe pot twice from Amazon and loved both of them. I brought the first one home to my parents house to make them a Japanese nabe, and they loved it so much that my mom requested that I leave the pot for her! The pot heats evenly and retains heat for a good amount of time afterwards, keeping its contents warm even while people eat at the table. I found that this size is perfect for 2-3 people, and I usually have to cook all the meat / vegetables / fishcake / etc. first, and then bring the pot back to the stove to cook the noodles. You have to be very careful not to let the pot overboil, since the broth will burn on the bottom of the pot and the dark marks will never come off the bottom (they don't impact the quality of the pot though... it just looks a little worse), but I've unfortunately done that to both of my pots.
While my family often eats Asian food, never had a hot pot till I ordered this one. It is a great way to cook and serve a meal. You can actually use it to feed 1 to 4 people, as you can just keep adding more food items as you go. It is a Made in Japan item, so don't expect to find instructions in English. You will have to go online to find care instructions. It heats very evenly and retains heat for a reasonable time. Will be using this for many years. Look online for instructions on how to cook with it, after that you can come up with your own ideas. I will use it on my one burner butane stove.
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