Yakiniku restaurants specialize in food grilled at the table. This style of cooking originated in Korea, but has become very popular in Japan. Bite-size pieces of meat are cooked by the customer on small grills placed on the table, and served with a variety of condiments and sauces.

Shrimp and Scallops

Photos above by Zak Yasin

The Nagatani-en kiln makes a beautiful tabletop grill, called a yaki yaki san. Like donabe, it is fashioned from naturally porous clay that can hold high heat even after ingredients are placed on the surface. The grill-top sits on a moat that the cook fills with water to catch drippings, making it virtually smokeless and functional to use indoors. You can place it directly on top of the gas burner on the stove or bring it to the dining table and fire it with a portable propane burner.


Grilled Scallop and Shrimp

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