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mr drinky
10-27-2011, 12:53 PM
I love finding those products from Japan that make me pleasantly shake my head and think, "only the Japanese would do this" and then secretly want to buy it.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Sushi Game (http://www.japantrendshop.com/tokujo-sushi-jan-game-p-880.html). They also have a bizarre train version where you pluck sushi off of a toy train with chop sticks. Instructions are in Japanese though.

http://specialmagickitchen.com/sushi_game.jpg

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Ice Ball Maker (http://www.japantrendshop.com/ice-ball-mold-iceball-sphere-maker-60mm-p-1088.html). For those who don't care to learn how to turn an ice ball by hand. Just warm the cylinder and let gravity make the ice sphere.

http://www.japantrendshop.com/img/icemold/ice-ball-mold-demo.jpg

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Makki Maker for Kids (http://www.japantrendshop.com/norimaki-makki-sushi-roll-maker-p-295.html). I'm sure American kids might have a tougher time with this.

http://www.japantrendshop.com/pictures/Norimaki-Makki-sushi-1.jpg

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And just because my wife's a radiologist, this wooden toy MRI (http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/horiuchiwoodcraft/item/preparawood012s/) makes me laugh. They have a wooden toy for almost every medical imaging device it seems.

http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/horiuchiwoodcraft/cabinet/01938994/img58072580.jpg?_ex=240x240

k.

kalaeb
10-27-2011, 01:04 PM
Really? $1500.00 for an iceball maker? Guess if I really wanted it I would learn to do it by hand.

bprescot
10-27-2011, 01:14 PM
Feel like an idiot here, but what the hell is an iceball? You mean for drinks? I got a plastic mold from Maker's Mark as part of some advertising thing. Think it cost them about $0.50 to produce.

Wait a second, I've got an idea... Anybody wants the plastic mold it's $150 shipping included! 1/10th the price and you can do 4x as many in a go! Effectively 1/40th the price!!! Heck of a deal :wink:

tgraypots
10-27-2011, 01:38 PM
Feel like an idiot here, but what the hell is an iceball? You mean for drinks? I got a plastic mold from Maker's Mark as part of some advertising thing. Think it cost them about $0.50 to produce.

Wait a second, I've got an idea... Anybody wants the plastic mold it's $150 shipping included! 1/10th the price and you can do 4x as many in a go! Effectively 1/40th the price!!! Heck of a deal :wink:

if only you accepted paypal (sigh)

mr drinky
10-27-2011, 01:43 PM
Yeah, I know the sphere thing is spendy. The ice spheres melt slower so there is less water diluting the drinks. As for myself, I just bought the plastic trays too, but I have seen that bars have used the sphere thing for high-end cocktails.

k.

9mmbhp
10-27-2011, 05:06 PM
The mini ones (http://www.japantrendshop.com/ice-ball-maker-mini-version-p-875.html) are more reasonable at around US$200.

I've spent more on sillier things but still can't pull the trigger.

ecchef
10-27-2011, 07:12 PM
Ice ball is pretty big over here.

slowtyper
10-28-2011, 12:06 AM
I was at the MOMA store in NYC and bought a japanese plastic mould for ice balls. Left it at an old work place though...I think it was like $10.

Salty dog
10-28-2011, 10:38 AM
The mini ones (http://www.japantrendshop.com/ice-ball-maker-mini-version-p-875.html) are more reasonable at around US$200.

I've spent more on sillier things but still can't pull the trigger.


Just ordered them. I'm guessing they'll work for shaping sorbet and ice cream as well.

ecchef
10-28-2011, 12:34 PM
2184

Not quite food related. Sort of.

SpikeC
10-28-2011, 02:55 PM
Crazy prices on the ball makers, butt so cool!

DwarvenChef
10-28-2011, 03:33 PM
Love this one (http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Tools-Cooking-Utensils-Japanese/dp/4770030169/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1319827590&sr=8-10) :p

mr drinky
10-29-2011, 10:27 AM
My next luxury is going to be this charcoal muddler (http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/kobelong/item/501150600102/).

http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/kobelong/cabinet/th30/muddler.jpg

I bought some bamboo charcoal stirring sticks a while back, but they got lost in my house somewhere or thrown out by accident. Anyhow, apparently you can stir your alcohol, water, coffee or tea with it to remove impurities.

k.

TB_London
10-29-2011, 11:11 AM
Saw the ice ball makers when I was in Japan and stumbled across a festival of ice in a park, they're really cool
They had icecubes with threads frozen through them and were using the gizmos to make ice jewellery
I'll try and dig out some pics, it was a weird but cool event to stumble upon

EdipisReks
10-29-2011, 04:03 PM
Feel like an idiot here, but what the hell is an iceball? You mean for drinks? I got a plastic mold from Maker's Mark as part of some advertising thing. Think it cost them about $0.50 to produce.

Wait a second, I've got an idea... Anybody wants the plastic mold it's $150 shipping included! 1/10th the price and you can do 4x as many in a go! Effectively 1/40th the price!!! Heck of a deal :wink:

i have the maker's mark mold, too, and it works well enough. personally, i'm hoping they send wrapping paper again, this year, because i hate shopping for wrapping paper, for some reason.

Eamon Burke
10-29-2011, 09:28 PM
The muddler is soooooooo cooooool

mr drinky
12-27-2011, 12:22 PM
Old thread, I know, but for 9 bucks I might try this out. Fish butchering karakuri model (http://aplusrstore.com/product.php?id=136&cid=56).

k.

Eamon Burke
12-27-2011, 01:04 PM
Wow that is impressive. Cheap, too!

Adamm
12-27-2011, 04:05 PM
cool stuff lol