Compact hot plates available in Japan are sleek kitchen appliances with versatile functionality. These devices offer ample cooking space for more than a single serving, yet their compact size allows for easy placement on a table. This makes them perfect for transforming a regular meal with family or friends into an engaging collaborative cooking experience, where you can flat-grill strips of meat and finely chopped vegetables to your heart's content.
What's particularly intriguing is that many hot plates, such as the one pictured below from the manufacturer Bruno, feature an additional plate option. Instead of a flat surface, this extra plate boasts a series of half-spherical divots, enabling you to use your hot plate for crafting delectable takoyaki octopus dumplings.
You'll have the delightful option of choosing from six different patterns to cook with. Naturally, you can kickstart your culinary journey with the beloved Pikachu. Joining the ranks are the iconic trio of original starters: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. Alongside them, you'll find Eevee and Snorlax, who have gained newfound popularity thanks to their prominent roles in the Pokémon Sleep mobile game/wellness app.
Priced at 17,600 yen (approximately US$120), this hot plate measures 37.5 centimeters (14.8 inches) in width and weighs a manageable 2.3 kilograms (5.1 pounds). Its portability ensures you can easily transport it to your friends' homes, should they insist on hosting collaborative cooking sessions there as well. Mark your calendar for October 12, when this delightful hot plate will be available for purchase through the Bruno online store.