I love food. You love food. We all love food. From all cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. With various seasonings, spices, and sauces. Prepared in a plethora of fashions. But today, we will be discussing the art of Teppanyaki.
Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine which uses a large, iron griddle to prepare and cook food. Where did that name come from? Teppan means iron plate, and yaki means grilled, pan-fried, or broiled. Makes sense, right? Traditional teppanyaki dishes include steak, shrimp, yakisoba, monjayaki, and okonomiyaki. A colorful fusion of meats and vegetables, properly seasoned and grilled to perfection!
Now if you’re thinking that sounds pretty similar to what you would see a chef use at a hibachi restaurant; Not quite. Hibachi grills typically use gas or charcoal and have an open grate design to them. Teppanyaki Griddles have a solid surface, perfect for cooking smaller ingredients like eggs, vegetables, and rice. Japanese steakhouses and sushi bars, however, do have modern Teppanyaki Griddles in their establishments, so it is possible you have seen one! Just for reference, here is a picture:
I bet you would like to go out right now and purchase a Teppanyaki Griddle for your home!
NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!
Commercial restaurant equipment is specifically manufactured for commercial use only. A lot of factors come into play, including high BTU output, voided warranties, and even legal issues. We briefly discussed this in our post about commercial ranges, which you can find here.
Teppanyaki Griddles are designed to streamline commercial cooking in a quick, efficient manner. They typically output about 30,000 BTUs, and a circular atmospheric burner provides concentrated heat. To put in perspective how much heat output that is, a 1,000-square-foot home in Boston needs around 24,000 BTUs to heat in the winter time. That’s less than how much heat these griddles give off.
Not to mention that these units have manual ignition with a manual gas valve control, which could result in a gas leak. Due to home restrictions and codes, the outcome of using one of these commercial griddles could be deadly. And life is too much fun, so let’s not compromise that.
And as always, the warranty will be void when you bring a commercial unit like this into your home.
But if you’re still not convinced, a majority of these manufacturers won’t even slightly consider shipping commercial products to your home. They simply won’t. The risk involved is too great.
So we apologize if you were looking forward to purchasing one of these Teppanyaki Griddles after seeing it in action on TV or at a restaurant, but this is why we cannot sell you one for your residence.