Hangiri

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A hangiri. This example is 41 cm (16 inches) in diameter.

In Japanese cuisine, a hangiri (半切or飯切), also known as handai (飯台, a rice table or rice bowl) or sushi oke, is a round, flat-bottomed wooden tub or barrel used in the final steps of preparing rice for sushi.[1] Traditional hangiri are made from cypress wood bound with two copper bands. They range in diameter from about 30 cm (1 ft) for use at home, to 1 meter (3 feet) for use in a restaurant.

The hangiri and a shamoji wooden paddle are used to dress and to cool the rice. After cooking, the rice is transferred to the hangiri where it is tossed with a dressing made of rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. When the mixing is complete, it is covered with a cloth (fukin) and allowed to cool.

A typical hangiri may cost two or three times as much as an expensive steel cooking pot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Omae, Kinjiro (1994). The Book of Sushi. Kodansha International. ISBN 9784770019547.