Yaki Yaki San Authentic Earthenware Japanese Grill Pan
- Clay Pottery (ceramic, made of the clay from Iga, Japan)
- Color: black
- Size: 13 -inch diameter x H4 ¼ -inch (including the grill top)
- Weight: 4.2 kg (about 9.5 lbs.)
- Made by Nagatani-en
- Origin: Iga, Japan
- The parts consist of the grill body (bottom part), and grill top
- For gas stove top use only
- Not suitable for the electric range or microwave
- Not suitable for the dishwasher
- The package also includes an English instruction sheet.
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.
One of the reasons which make Iga-yaki pottery so special is the clay. Iga region, where this grill 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 pottery is generally porous. Therefore, it “breathes” during cooking. When cooked with this Iga-style grill, porous clay benefits the body to retain the heat fully before it penetrates to the core of each ingredient on the gril. Also, with the effect of the far infrared radiation (FIR), the ingredients cook evenly while the flavors are sealed inside.
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.