The art of teppanyaki cooking began around 200 years ago in Japan and is less a cooking style than it is a performance. The word teppanyaki derives from the Japanese word “teppan”, which means “iron plate,” while “yaki” translates to “grilling.” So, the term literally translates to grilling on an iron plate.
These days, a teppanyaki grill is a large, flat, stainless steel surface in either a rectangular or circular shape. The surface heats up via gas or electricity similar to conventional stovetops. It allows you to cook food similar to how you would on a barbeque. But, with teppanyaki grills, cooking is healthier, easier and far less messy.
They can be built into your kitchen counter indoors or outdoors. They also come as free-standing bistro tables or portable stainless steel grills that plug into any regular outlet.
The purchase of a teppanyaki grill is much like the purchase of an oven or a fridge. With so many choices available, price ranges can vary drastically.
You’re going to see – and maybe use – your teppanyaki every day for as long as you live in your home, and picking the right teppanyaki the first time is critical to ensure maximum enjoyment with minimum maintenance. Because of this, most shoppers elect to get the teppanyaki that will make them happiest in the long run.
There are many variables and each does affect the price. The prices range from about $200 to over $10,000, however, the higher quality teppanyaki plates generally start at about $3500.
Both cooking styles allow guests to watch the cooking process. In the U.S. the phrase Hibachi has become synonymous with what is actually teppanyaki cooking.
Teppanyaki utilises an iron or stainless steel griddle and the cooking is done on a flat, solid surface. Guests can sit around a teppanyaki grill and easily watch the chef prepare the meal.
Hibachi grills are also called shichirin in Japanese. They are usually much smaller in size and made from cast iron. They have a grate design rather than being a flat surface and will often use charcoal as a heating source rather than gas or electricity.
There are thousands of dishes that can be cooked on a Teppanyaki Grill. Including:
- Steamed Fish
- Filet Mignon
- Lamb Meatballs
- Chicken Saltimbocca
- Grilled Squid
- Chicken Fajitas
- Pork Tenderloin
- Spaghetti Marinara
- Fried Rice
- Pork Stir Fry
- French Toast
- Eggs Benedict
And much more!
There are many different types and styles of teppanyaki grills and defining the best is difficult and somewhat subjective.
What we do know is no other teppanyaki grill on the Australian market offers our unique and innovative Shallow Dip Technology. Leading German manufacturers have created a teppanyaki surface that goes concave in the middle when heat is applied. This essentially gives you a shallow bowl to cook in, enhancing food flavours and offering a larger range of cooking choices.
When cooking, especially meat and vegetables, it is important to use some kind of oil. This makes cleanup easier and ensures no food sticks to the grill.
Choose an oil that best suits the food you are cooking and fits your personal preferences. Olive oil, Soybean oil, Canola oil are good choices for grilling ingredients on our Ultradine Teppanyaki Plus grills.
Our cooktops are specifically designed to ensure cleaning is quick & easy. The steps are as follows:
- If the cooktop is cool, turn the heating element to 3
- Pour a little warm water on the stained area and simmer for 10-15 minutes
- Gently scrape with a non-metal spatula to remove any residue
- Wipe down and the cooktop is ready for use once more
Over time there may be some discolouration of the cooking surface. Your cooktop can be restored to pristine condition using Bar Keepers Friend stainless steel cleaner with a little water and a soft cloth. Always rub in the direction of the silk brushed finish of the cooktop. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth for an amazing result!
Some building codes in some states only allow electric appliances in high rise buildings due to fire risks with gas and charcoal. As the Ultradine teppanyakis are electric they can be used in high rise apartment buildings.
Our range of Ultradine Portable Teppanyaki Plus grills can be put on a bench or table and plugged into a regular power-point. This means they can be used virtually anywhere and they are safe to use in high rise apartments.
Our built-in teppanyaki grills can also be installed in any kitchen. We provide comprehensive Installation instructions that ensure tradespeople installing the benchtop can complete a perfect job. The Teppanyaki Table models are ideal for use on a balcony as well.
We offer a full 2-year manufacturer’s product warranty for private use. Commercial use is warranted for 12 months.
Correct installation of the built-in teppanyaki grills is critical to their performance and longevity. Each of the mounting studs must have a nut and washer firmly tightened to secure the cooktop to the bench and the nuts should be re-tensioned after 2-3 uses. Use of a sealant between cooktop and benchtop is necessary on all outdoor installations and recommended on indoor installs also to prevent moisture ingress into the electricals.
Yes! Restaurants looking for a unique edge in cooking can benefit from the Ultradine cooktops. There are options to increase the heat range by stepping up the element from 2250 Watts to 2500 or 3000 Watts. What about a portable teppanyaki grill mounted on a trolley for mobile table service? Or Self serve teppanyaki for your patrons?