Many a Japanese kitchen looks like a fancy café, carefully furnished and decorated by style-conscious Japanese men and women. One store called Kitchen Kitchen has made this approach its concept. Under the theme of “Your Home, a Café,” it offers a large variety of intriguingly designed kitchen goods that are not only decorative and functional but also very reasonably priced! Let’s take a look at some to fancy up your own kitchen, the Japanese way!
Homemade Chocolate – Tiny, Adorable, and Incredibly Delicious!
●Silicone Tray – Mini Bundt Cake●
Who doesn’t love Bundt cake? Originating from the German cake called Bundkuchen or Gugelhupf, this silicone tray can’t only be used for baking tiny versions of the classic pastry but also to make chocolate or jelly versions! The three rows of forms are all shaped in a slightly different way, bringing fun variations to your tiny delicacies, and as silicone is both easy to bend and easy to clean, it promises baking and making fun for the entire family without any annoyances or hassle!
Japanese cooking enthusiasts explain how they use the tray: “First, you fill the tray with finely chopped walnuts, then half of it with dark chocolate heated up in a water bath. The finishing is done with white chocolate to create an easy double-chocolate treat that both kids and adults love.”
“I really like the design of the tray and since it is made out of silicone, taking out the finished sweets is really easy. It’s a great way to make homemade treats to surprise friends and family with.”
The Silicone Tray – Mini Bundt Cake is available for 300 yen (tax excluded). May be sold out.
The Proper Presentation for Your Homemade Gifts!
●Cup Set of 2 with Lids (Black / White)●
The proper wrapping and packaging of gifts is very important in Japan. And really, after pouring your heart into making homemade chocolate or cookies, the handmade delicacies deserve to be nicely wrapped as well, don’t they? As we promised both style and functionality, we highly recommend Kitchen Kitchen’s paper cups that resemble sturdy ice cream cups. Their black and white design is simple yet modern and stylish, and they don’t only make for a great packaging for small gifts but can be used for all kinds of purposes afterwards as well.
Japanese cooking enthusiasts say: “As the cups have lids, they can be transported easily. Kids can easily take them to school or on a picnic, and can later be used to store small things in them, such as bobby pins and other accessories.”
“Their modern, stylish design really makes the cups great for gatherings or parties.”
The Cup Set of 2 with Lids (Black / White) is available for 100 yen (tax excluded). May be sold out.
Making Crinkle Cut Fries has Never Been Easier!
●Wavy Knife with Wooden Handle●
You know it’s true: crinkle cut fries just taste better than straight fries. And even better than just regular crinkle cuts are homemade fries. Kitchen Kitchen has just the solution for combining homemade fry deliciousness with the characteristic crinkle cut. The wavy knife has a beautiful wooden handle that feels both comfortable and is easy to grip, without being slippery even when cutting delicate pieces. Not just potato, by the way, but all kinds of ingredients will have a beautiful crinkle pattern when cut with this knife.
Japanese cooking enthusiasts say: “Just slice fresh potatoes with his knife and fry them in oil to get the perfect crinkle cut fries. They’re very popular with kids and are always requested at parties and gatherings.”
“I use this knife to cut the vegetables for my kid’s bento [boxed lunch]-suddenly, eating your veggies is a whole lot of fun!”
The Wavy Knife with Wooden Handle is available for 300 yen (tax excluded).
A Square Dish as an Instagram Star
22 cm wide, 13 cm long and 4.5 cm high, this square dish’s dark chocolate color is sure to fancy up whatever delicacy you serve in it, giving it an elegant and refined touch by making the food’s colors appear more vivid. Perfect for gratins and desserts, just put the entire dish on the table, looking great and smelling delicious! The square dish is, of course, save for both microwave and oven.
Japanese cooking enthusiasts say: “This square dish really makes every kind of food look especially delicious. I regularly post my cuisine creations on Instagram and Facebook and everyone says that it looks amazing.”
“When you don’t have time to bake but want to serve a nice dessert, just layer crumbled cookies, fruits, and fresh cream in this dish. Looks great and tastes even better!”
The Square Dish is available for 300 yen (tax excluded). May be sold out.
It’s the Year of the Rooster, to Bring Out the Birds!
●Salt & Pepper Shaker Pair Set●
2017 is the year of the rooster, so why not fancy up your dinner table with the proper decorations? Since we promised you not only pretty but also functional, we have just the right recommendation – salt and pepper shakers in the shape of little birds! Made of ceramic and with about 5cm x 7.5cm in size, the adorable pair is just the right mix between style and functionality. You can also buy a little wooden bird house box along with the shakers, if you feel like it isn’t “rooster” enough yet.
Japanese kitchen enthusiasts say: “To celebrate New Year, I wanted to put little decorations on the dining table. I immediately fell in love with this adorable rooster pair and so did my kid.”
“Since they’re so small in size, they’re easy to transport and when I serve tea or coffee to someone, I always bring the bird shakers out, filled with sugar, cinnamon, or cocoa powder.”
The Salt & Pepper Shaker Pair Set is available for 500 yen (tax excluded). The optional bird house box is available for 500 yen (tax excluded). May be sold out.
Style and Functionality with the Perforated Cutting Board
●Perforated Cutting Board●
This unique cutting board is perforated by small, evenly spaces holes, giving it not only a creative touch but also making it an incredibly handy holder for pegs and hooks. Just lean it against your kitchen wall and have some pegs ready, transforming the beige board into a useful utensil when not in use. This item is especially recommended for those who don’t have an abundance of space in their kitchen and drawers but still want to have their culinary hot spot as fancy as possible.
Japanese kitchen enthusiasts say: “I had pretty messy drawers and this is an excellent way to keep everything organized and tidy.”
“Both my daughter and I love accessories and we actually don’t use this in the kitchen but next to our mirror. It’s very easy to store and take out any kind of accessory, really, especially when you’re in a hurry and just look for something quickly to complement your outfit.”
The Perforated Board is available for 300 yen (tax excluded). Scheduled to be on sale from late January.
Discover More at Kitchen Kitchen
Kitchen Kitchen, the source of all of these fancy goods, has five stores throughout Tokyo and further plans to expand. Go ahead and visit the store to find our own favorite item to fancy up your kitchen and home! Everything is priced between 100 yen and 1,000 yen, allowing eager shoppers to not hold back and coordinate an entire set of items!
Kitchen Kitchen (Lumine Shinjuku) キッチンキッチン ルミネ新宿店
- Address 6F Lumine 1 Shinjuku, 1-1-5 Nishishinjuku , Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 1600023 Japan
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kitchen Kitchen (Jiyugaoka) キッチンキッチン 自由が丘店
- Address 5-42-3 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 1580083 Japan
K×K by Kitchen Kitchen (Kichijoji Parco) K×K by Kitchen Kitchen 吉祥寺パルコ店
- Address 1-5-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 1800004 Japan