5 Must-Have Japanese Kitchen Tools – Tea Time with Nami (Ep1)

5 Must-Have Japanese Kitchen Tools – Tea Time with Nami (Ep1)

Nami shares her 5 Must-Have Japanese Kitchen Tools in her new YouTube series Tea Time with Nami.

1. Fine mesh skimmer: https://amzn.to/2mjIn1x
2. Surikogi & Suribachi (Mortar & Pestle): https://amzn.to/2m6jQwn
3. Long cooking chopsticks: https://amzn.to/2mop6Mn
4. Grater (my favorite one): https://amzn.to/2mrvenp
5. Otoshibuta (drop lid): https://www.mtckitchen.com/adjustable-stainless-steel-drop-lid/

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  1. ken takeda on November 27, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    I like your clip VDO and have downloaded for watch offline

  2. Craiggy83 on November 27, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Nami, I live in a small apartment and already have a bunch of kitchen tools. I don’t want to buy new ones unless I know I will use them often and don’t already have another kitchen tool for the job. I like your five suggestions but am most interested in the chopsticks, Surikogi & Suribachi, and drop lid. Which size Surikogi & Suribachi do you use most often? Is it worth picking up two sizes? My guess would be larger is better. Also, for the drop lid, In the past, I have just used aluminum foil. Do you get a lot of use out of the stainless one? Out of all the cooking you do, which drop lid do you use most often wood, adjustable stainless, or aluminum foil? Thanks for your suggestions.

  3. Our Savior on November 27, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    You’re beautiful, your husband is lucky.

  4. Yancy Bowers on November 27, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Fantastic Nami!! I think Food Network should give you a chance! I always enjoy your recipes and techniques. Thank you and Mr JOC for providing such a useful and well presented show 👍👍😃❤️

  5. Amy Tong on November 27, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Thank you so much for filming this series. It’s very helpful and you explained each one very well. 😊 I look forward to watching your next episode!

  6. Amanda on November 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Nami, I think this Tea Time series is a wonderful idea! Thank you for all the interesting information. I love your recipe’s and techniques ♥

  7. jon h on November 27, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    hi, can i use a normal lid instead of drop lid for simmering food? Or will it change the flavor a little? thx!

  8. Holly Hasegawa Nielson on November 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Arigato, I have almost all of those tools since I am half Japanese and love cooking Japanese dishes, I just love this channel, you have given me so many great cooking tips and have made my cooking experiences so much more enjoyable. I look forward to each and every new video, thank you again so much!

  9. 巧廚巧味人生Hao’s Life on November 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Nice video

  10. Eli G. on November 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Can you share what are the best bento box especially stainless steel once? and where to buy them in Japan or in the web? Domo Arigato gozaimasu Nami.

  11. My Country My Food on November 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Superb love the dish subscribed 👍👏

  12. ashley on November 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm


  13. Ashley on November 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Can you make a video about cooking chopsticks in terms of choosing a good pair and maintenance? I bought a pair of bamboo ones from Daiso and they are already bent out of shape. 🙁

  14. Margosaurus on November 27, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you Nami! Love your tips and recipes as always!

  15. Zhōu yǔ Qiáo on November 27, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    The crazy thing is that I’ve been to three different Asian markets in my city and none of them carry long cooking chopsticks. I can only buy regular, small chopsticks in big packs of like 10 or 20. I try not to order too much stuff online as I always want to support local shops.

  16. PallasAthene12 on November 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    I went to Kappabashi on my last trip to Tokyo. I had seen the skimmer in your millefeuille soup video and the long chopsticks, otoshi buta and miso strainer in other ones. They were top of my list! Thank you for dedicating a feature to these tools and showing us why they are special and how to use them properly.

  17. Da Amazing World of Bella on November 27, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Do you mind if you tell some really important japanese ingredients??? This will REALLY help me!!

  18. Yoshiko Yeto on November 27, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I love this new series, Nami-san! Have you seen these cute otoshibuta that are shaped like a pig? You put your hashi in the nostrils to remove the drop lid. Thanks for the video and have a great weekend!


  19. lantoist on November 27, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I’ll try to see if I can buy those kitchen tools here in my city. Keep it up, you’re amazing.

  20. Maria corazon Nelmida on November 27, 2020 at 7:42 pm


  21. Andrii Pts on November 27, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Hi guys which Japanese cooking book would you recommend me?

  22. DarkScarlettVixen on November 27, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I wanted to make the mapo tofu but couldn’t find the broad bean paste. I did find something similar but since I’m not familiar with the ingredient, I didn’t know if it was the same thing…

  23. Mayuri Shrivastava on November 27, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    What is Japanese tagine Please make a video using it

    I stumbled upon your website while searching for Japanese cookware .. found your YouTube channel and subscribed as fast as I can

  24. Eva Flowers on November 27, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Omg that wood u chose to mash those potatoes…I want/need it!!!

  25. Mae Fi on November 27, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Can you recommend me good brand rice cooker

  26. Terry Elisabeth Organizing & Finances on November 27, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for this video! I love Japanese products. Always so innovative. My fave at home is a multi-purpose product from Daiso that has a grater I use for ginger and garlic, a slicer, and a large grater section along with a zig-zag slicer at the end … all that for $1.50 and I’m gonna use it FOREVER ❤❤❤❤❤ My skimmer just broke so I definitely will purchase one hopefully at a Japanese store so it will last this time haha

  27. Linda Saito on November 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Not Japanese cooking related, but what is the name of the lovely nail polish you’re wearing? I really like it! Thank you.

  28. Nathalie Mosconi on November 27, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Merci Nami ; )

  29. Ciel Milstrey on November 27, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you! This series looks like it’ll be nice. And you’ve reminded me that I need to replace my missing skimmer.

  30. KD's Doll Dreams on November 27, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Love the new series! I will admit, as a tea enthusiast (lupicia is my brand of choice) I was hoping you would tell us about your tea, any snacks you might have with it, too. 😊

    I like segment on kitchen tools though, and was happy to note I have a few of them already. Also, I am glad to see that the burn doesn’t seem to hsve been too severe.

  31. April on November 27, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Huge fan here! I really like this series. I am a bento enthusiast and when I moved last summer, I made sure to keep most of my bento gear close at hand. Sadly, I did not do the same thing with the rest of my essential cooking items (still in storage) and have improvised for months. I missed having certain items a LOT, like saibashi (I just found my otoshibuta)! The nearest Daiso is over two hours away and I recently decided to make the long-overdue trip and the ONE DAY I pick to go they’re closing early for inventory! I had 17 minutes to fly through the store and get a few things; first item I threw in my cart were long chopsticks, hehe! Just used them again this morning to scramble eggs.

    I love learning about different cultures, especially through their cuisine. I look forward to the next video – keep up the great work! You have my respect and admiration ❤️

  32. mimi on November 27, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Thank u Nami-san. Just what I need to upgrade my kitchen skill. Love the adjustable simmer. I would add that in my kitchen from now on.

  33. Camille Gurango on November 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Wow..this is a good idea. I’m very interested in trying all your recipe. So I am looking forward to know the top basic ingredients in Japanese cooking. Arigatou Nami-san for this informative videos of yours! Lovelots from the PH. We are JFood Lover!

  34. 雪愛 on November 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    My mom loves your channel,she said you’re beautiful,kind and talented.I used to download a lot of your awesome videos for my mom to watch and she also loves to collect Japanese food-wares and utensils.We’re from South-east Asia.

  35. mamapua Kam on November 27, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you Nami san! I’m happy to say I have all of these!

  36. lilsmurfysmurf on November 27, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I’m from Malaysia and would love to start a cooking/food blog channel and blog like yours, is it is for you to share some knowledge. By the way I’m from UK.

  37. celticmagiclady on November 27, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks, this is very helpful!

  38. John Magee on November 27, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Love your New Series , Keep up the Great work !!

  39. samir alkhatib on November 27, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    fantastic tea break …..

  40. Skjra on November 27, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Loooooooveeeeeee it! Going to buy a skimmer right now!

  41. OneTwoThreeFourFive on November 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Japanese cooking is so overwhelming to someone who is western like myself, but I love learning something new about it everyday and your recipes have helped me tackle it step-by-step. Thanks for the awesome recipes and videos 🙂

  42. pam Morrison on November 27, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Could you cook full meals with rice miso soup and pickles and a main dish please !

  43. Viva Habbit Van Assen on November 27, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Super I need to find some of these thing in San Francisco very soon. Great video

  44. K My Mad Life on November 27, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Where did you get the stainless otoshibuta? I’ve got a fixed-size stainless one, but that expandable one would be so much more useful!

  45. elisa gonzalez on November 27, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Beautiful video. Love you, Nami!

  46. Cecilia Spears on November 27, 2020 at 8:17 pm


  47. CrazyHamDemon on November 27, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I’ve been living in Japan for two years now, and because supermarkets in the countryside don’t stock much besides Japanese ingredients, your blog and videos have saved my life!

  48. Kim on November 27, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    omg ! i love this ep!

  49. celticmagick on November 27, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Awesome video and idea, Nami! Looking forward to watching this series grow 🙂

  50. Mindy's Mom on November 27, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    I love this new series! Thank you for sharing Nami. My favorite Japanese item in my kitchen is my pink silicone otoshibuta that has a pigs face on top. The snout of the pig has two holes, where your ohashi can fit into it. I love going to Daiso and looking at all of the kitchen gadgets. ☺️