Suribachi w/ Wooden Pestle & Bamboo Brush

“A beautiful and essential kitchen tool for the preparation of many Asian dressings, sauces and pastes.” — Helen Chen

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.  This is a traditional Japanese mortar and wooden pestle with a bonus bamboo cleaning brush.     

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.  Use the specially designed bamboo brush to help dislodge ingredients.