Steamed in the cooker of Hell?

JNTO

Mar 15, 2018

Known as “Onsen Paradise”, Beppu in Oita Prefecture has a special dish called “jigoku mushi”, which means “steamed dishes from Hell’s kitchen”. Ingredients are cooked in a very traditional way in a cooker called “jigoku-gama” (Hell’s cooker) on a fumarole from which hot-spring vapor with a temperature of 98 degrees Celsius gushes out to steam them.

Because the water of Kannawa hot spring in Beppu is believed to have natural therapeutic powers, a number of guests stay for an extended period of time for healing purposes. Because of the long stay, they prefer to cook by themselves and jigoku-gama has been traditionally used. Now there are some shops offering jigoku-gama cooking for tourists and these have been drawing much attention also among international visitors.

You can purchase ingredients in the shop or bring in whatever you want to eat, such as vegetables, seafood or meat, and cook it in the shop. For beginners it is recommended to cook eggs and make “onsen tamago”. Some people even cook fruit! It is also fun to see what other guests cook. The basic idea is that you pay a fee to use a jigoku-gama, then place whatever you want to cook in the cooker and just wait till your food is ready to eat. The only thing you have to be careful about is how long to cook your food. The method is quite healthy because no oil is used and any fat in the ingredients is allowed to drip off while being cooked. Since foods are steamed with very high heat of hot-spring vapor quickly, they are salted slightly and the original taste is subtly enhanced. Although “jigoku mushi” sounds fearful, it is actually fun to share a kitchen with other guests and to experience for yourself this simple and amusing specialty of Beppu cuisine. Why don’t you try it for your lunch or dinner?

Jigoku Mushi Kobo Kannawa
Phone: 0977-66-3775

* This is the information as of June, 2017
For further detail, please visit
https://japanbyjapan.com/kyushu/index.html

conversation | Review
Been here before? Why not add a review! Add a review
Loading Conversation
conversation | Review
conversation | Q & A
Got a question about the attraction? Ask away!
Loading Conversation
conversation | Q & A

Matama sunset beach at Bungota...

The beach is more than 180° wide without any obstructions and the setting sun is right smack in the centre. When I was there, it ...

Read more

Taste a sea urchin fresh from ...

At Maruni Suisan, operated directly by a seafood wholesaler, you can taste fresh dishes of various kinds of seafood. Spend a relax...

Read more

The El Dorado of the Orient: T...

Oita Prefecture’s village of Nakatsue (now part of Hita City) gathered a lot of national attention when it became the base camp of...

Read more

“Onsen Paradise” where you can...

As a representative hotel of Beppu where the largest amount of hot-spring water is discharged and which has a largest number of sp...

Read more