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Helen Chen's Asian Kitchen 5.5-inch Ceramic Suribachi Set


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  • Traditional Japanese ceramic mortar and wooden pestle
  • 5.5-Inch suribachi set for grinding and crushing seeds, herbs and nuts
  • Ideal for making pastes, sauces, and marinades in Asian cooking
  • Sharp, ribbed interior holds ingredients in place for more efficient grinding
  • Hand wash recommended
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000UEYXL8
  • Item model number: 97034
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,152 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

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A Japanese version of the mortar and pestle, this suribachi set from Helen's Asian Kitchen is ideally suited to grinding and crushing herbs, seeds, and spices for deliciously fresh food. Crafted from durable earthenware with a rich brown outer glaze, the suribachi bowl features an unglazed, ribbed interior. This design holds ingredients at a slope for efficient, visible grinding. The coordinating wooden pestle, or surikogi, works well with the ceramic materials, so that the ingredients, not the bowl, take the beating. Comfortable in the hand, the pestle is shaped to maximize the contours of the suribachi bowl for uniform and quick results. All pieces should be washed by hand to preserve their integrity. --Emily Bedard

Product Description

A beautiful and essential kitchen tool for the preparation of many Asian dressings, sauces and pastes. Introduced from Southern China in the 11th century, the Japanese mortar (suribachi) and wooden pestle (surikogi) is an important tool in the Japanese kitchen. The literal translation of suribachi is grinding bowl. And that is what it does to perfection. The unglazed ridged interior facilitates grinding and prevents ingredients from slipping and sliding. The traditional wooden pestle is designed to prevent unnecessary wearing down of the ridges. To use: Simply place the suribachi over a damp towel or rubber mat on your work counter. Hold the pestle with one hand and rotate the pestle against the ridges. Helen Chen is a leading Asian culinary expert, cookbook author, cooking instructor and developer of Helen's Asian Kitchen cookware and cooking accessories. Helen's focus is making Asian cooking quick and easy, healthy, and more accessible to the home cook. Here recipes are updated to incorporate heart-healthy oils and readily available supermarket ingredients while still maintaining the authentic flavors and variety of traditional Asian cuisine. Her inspiration for new recipes and products comes from her frequent trips to Asia for business and family visits.


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Customer Reviews

This is a well made suribachi and it is quite a value.
K. Henry
I ordered this item few months ago, thinking this is moderately heavy motor that is sold in a Japanese store and an essential item in every Japanese kitchen.
Kari Noble
The texture and ridges inside the bowl help to achieve a much finer grind of spices and herbs, and the bamboo brush gets all the bits out easily.
Crystal Hogan

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kari Noble on May 27, 2011
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I ordered this item few months ago, thinking this is moderately heavy motor that is sold in a Japanese store and an essential item in every Japanese kitchen.

From the picture on the web page, the item looks identical with the ever present Japanese mortar (Suribachi) in Japanese ktichens.

However this product is nothing but an imitation, the color and shape are the same but the material is made of something else. It is very light and do not work as motor to grind nuts or sesame seeds.

There was one review that alerted me that this item is not the same as one commonly sold in Japanese grocery store but I dismissed it because there were more positive reviews.

This item is made with such a light material it does not stand itself well while grinding nuts, sesame seeds and such.

I subsequently visited a local Japanese shop to get the right one.: identical in looks and genuinely made with ceramics. The weight of the mortar is very different and I can safely grind ginger, garlic, nuts, sesame seeds without worrying about the motor moving or even worrying about the Suribachi breaking down.

This item is so light that I have to to ask someone else to hold down the Suribachi while, if I can manage to grind anything in it.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sundans on December 8, 2007
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This is the best deal I've ever seen on such a quality Suribachi, not to mention that it has the little bamboo brush included....for cleaning the grooves. This Suribachi has a beautiful glazed finish and it is the perfect size for your kitchen...not too small nor too large. I highly recommend the product.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Nelson on April 10, 2009
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I had a few mortar and pestle sets, and decided to try a Japanese version and ordered this one. The ridges do help and I'm using it more and more over the others. The ridges make it a little harder to clean, but don't let that deter you.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Henry on January 11, 2008
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This is a well made suribachi and it is quite a value. I tried it on peppercorns, sesame seeds and dried rosemary and it works great.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alesia on July 30, 2009
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I can't believe all the years I wasted trying to grind spices with a mortar and pestle when this clever little device was around. You can grind things up in seconds and also mix things in it, and when you're done, use the little bamboo brush to quickly and efficiently wipe all the ingredients out! It's easy to wash, too. (You might think those good grooves would trap food particles but they don't.) Everyone should have one of these.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Osborn on November 28, 2010
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I was looking for a new mortar and pestle set since my older one was made from a soft stone and was pitting. I figured I'd give this one a try. It didn't work for me. If one is using only herbs with this, I think it would work well for bruising fresh herbs and/or powdering leafy herbs. It does NOT work with seeds or roots. The grooves made in the bottom and sides of the bowl catch and hold these smaller and/or harder things and it is very difficult to get the embedded material out of the grooves. The little "brush" that comes with the set is mostly a gimmick. One the the "bristles" broke on the one included with the suribachi set on the first use and it wasn't strong enough to brush out the seeds or roots pushed down between the grooves. If you're looking for something light-duty, this MIGHT work for you. If you're looking for a real mortar and pestle set, pass this one by.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Therapist on November 18, 2009
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I have a large and heavy granite mortar and pestle that I use for just about every spice, herb, chocolate nib, and even garlic. This smaller, lightweight, Ceramic Suribachi Set is perfect for when I don't want to lug my larger set over to the prep area. I find that I am grinding the smaller quantities of herbs more often using this set. Highly recommended -- especially if you already have the heavy duty granite mortar and pestle and want the flexibility for a gentler, lighter grind. The price makes this a value play for just about anyone looking for quality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shamalbek on November 17, 2009
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I like the suribachi, and it was inexpensive, but in retrospect I should have gotten a mortar and pestle from my local asian import store. Twice the price, but made of granite. It's a pain to crush spices in this thing. Crushing garlic, ginger and other herbs/veggies is a breeze, though.
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