An elegant, single-serving, teapot-like ceramic vessel, a dobin mushi is used to prepare and serve matsutake dobin mushi (pine mushrooms in a delicate broth). The Japanese reverence for the sylvan earthiness of matsutakes is equivalent to the regard for truffles in the West. On one level matsutake dobin mushi could scarcely be more simple – a few sliced mushrooms, a couple of supporting ingredients and a delicate broth – but its gentle preparation and ritualized presentation elevates it to a sensual celebration of autumn itself.
A dobin mushi has four components; a small spouted pot, a lid, a small cup that fits over the lid
and a saucer. Finely sliced matsutakes (see Matsutake Dobin Mushi recipe) are briefly poached over steam in the covered pot. The saucer serves to protect the table from the hot pot and the mushrooms and broth are eaten from the delicate cup which has been warmed in the steam.
We have acquired a limited quantity of exquisitely made banko-yaki dobin mushis (banko yaki ceramics are famous for combining fineness and heat resistance) in four designs. Although intended for matsutake dobin mushi, they also serve as a beautiful and harmonious individual green tea service – and as an equally elegant way to serve heated sake. Whatever you use them for, these small and delicate pieces are too beautiful to hide away in a cupboard – priced from $39.95 to $45.95, they are a perfect gift for admirers of beautifully crafted Japanese ceramics.