Exploring the world of Japanese bowls
Japanese ceramic bowls have become an essential part of culture both in Japan and around the world. These bowls, typically used to serve various different types of noodle dishes, are both a functional addition to any kitchen and a work of art which reflects Japanese culture and tradition. As the winter chill sets in, they are perfect for serving up comforting foods to keep you warm and nourished through the colder months.
The art of pottery in Japan dates back hundreds of years to a time when Japanese people made earthenware vessels for cooking and storage. During the Momoyama period in the 16th century this craft flourished, and Japanese potters began to experiment with new glazes and firing techniques. Today, Japanese ceramic artists are known for having created some of the most beautiful and intricate pieces of pottery in the world.
The most popular types of Japanese ceramic bowls used to serve noodle dishes are ramen bowls, udon bowls, and soba bowls. Each of these bowls come in a range of shapes and sizes, but most are round with a flat bottom and sloping sides, designed to comfortably hold the broth and traditional toppings of the dish. Ramen bowls are usually larger and udon and soba bowls smaller in size. As part of a home decor scheme, they add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your living space with beautiful designs and patterns.
Not only is the look of the bowls appealing, but also the texture and feel of the pottery, which can impact the overall experience of eating a meal. Depending on the style and type of pottery, the bowls can be smooth and glossy or rough and textured. The weight of the bowls can also vary, impacting how the food is experienced with each bite. The porous nature of the pottery can also help to absorb and distribute heat evenly, keeping ramen warm throughout the meal. This can enhance the flavour and aroma of the dish, making it all the more satisfying for the person enjoying it. Typically, these noodle dishes are garnished with various toppings that add flavour and texture to the dish. Popular additions include sliced pork, green onions, seaweed, boiled egg, bamboo shoots, and fish cake. Each topping adds a unique flavour and texture to the dish, creating a delicious and pleasing meal.
The versatility of the shape and size of Japanese ceramics means they are perfect for any of your favourite meals, including soup, curry, stew, pasta, rice and salad; the options are endless. Eating out of a Japanese ceramic bowl is an experience everyone should have, regardless of what you choose to fill it with. At Orient you will find an extensive selection of handcrafted Japanese bowls, ceramic spoons, and chopsticks, making it easy to enjoy this Japanese tradition in your own home.