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Jul 23, 2011 08:44 PM

Japanese indoor grill for use over gas range?

Hello all,

I am looking for a solid, dependable Japanese-style grill for home cooking, to grill food semi-openly over my gas flame in the kitchen. I believe the Japanese term for such a grill is 'yakiami'.

Any experience? Any brands I should steer towards or avoid?

And of course, if you are aware of any availability issues regarding the purchase of such grills in my local area (Los Angeles), that would be great. I am open to buying one via internet as well.

As always... Thanks in advance!

L.A. hound

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  1. dont know about locally there in LA..

    but online ,,,i found these at the japanese supply site i have...

    are they what u r looking for?

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    1. re: srsone

      Yes, this is a yakiami! But have you tried their yakiami as compared to (for example) other brands from Japan? Would you recommend the Korin yakiami over others? That's the type of information I am seeking. Thank you!

      1. re: J.L.

        have not personally tried one no...
        for indoor grilling type cooking i use a cast iron grill pan..

    2. I picked up a small grill like this at Daiso (Japanese 'dollar' store), and have used it for charring peppers over my butane burner. The bottom enameled mesh is starting to break apart after five (or more) years of use. But it was so inexpensive that I don't care.

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      1. re: paulj

        I understand how this is a cheap option, but I'm also concerned that the chipped enamel is making its way into the food you're cooking; ultimately you may be consuming the enamel chips inadvertently.

        The enamel is usually made of an aluminum-based polymer, and it's can't be healthy to ingest.

        This is why I'm looking for a "higher end" model with no teflon coating (just stainless steel on which I will grease before cooking anything). Thanks for sharing your experience!

        1. re: J.L.

          The base I'm referring to does not come into contact with the food. It rests on the stove, while the food is supported on a grill 1/2" above it.

          It's the white 'mesh' that eventually starts breaking, due to the repeated heating. That base probably serves as a heat diffuser.

          Another design is a convex domed pan, that is used in Japanese and Korean cooking for table side 'bbq' and mongolian grill.

          1. re: paulj

            Ahh... Thanks for the clarification!

      2. I've only ever seen cheap ones for sale here in Japan. You can pick them up at any grocery store or K-mart-type shop. They cost $5 or $10 and seem to be "semi-disposable" items. I assume that's because they would be such a pain to clean after cooking fish. I also checked Amazon Japan, and could only find cheap ones -- except for replacement grills for big professional electric or gas models. As suggested by a previous poster, an Asian grocery shop would probably be your best bet.

        PS. Here's a link to one for $23 at Amazon US.

        1. Most of the time I have seen yakiamis at the Marukai store at the Gardena store on 1740 West Artesia. Also, I have seen these types of grills at the Marukai 99 cent Plus store on the corner of Artesia & Normandie