mortar + pestle
starwest botanicals :: 6" suribachi $14
I consider this a macro must-have! Make gomashio, turn tofu into dressing, break down nuts and dry spices... I plan on using my future suribachi to make ohagi (sticky rice balls)!
Soak this bamboo lid in cold water and enjoy! You can put weights on it to get a pressure-like effect on grains and beans, or simply lay it flat on saucy sautés and get a more even distribution of liquids.
amazon :: sukiyaki nabe with otoshibuta lid $26
Most Excellent Veggie Scrubbie
amazon :: japanese tawashi brush $3Cute like a hedgehog, tricky like a fox. This thing rules for cleaning wooden spoons, lids, and bowls. It is also a bangin' vegetable scrubber, clearing dirt and debris without damaging your produce.
"Terrible things, but great things." -Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
amazon :: benriner japanese mandolin slicer $22
This thing is kind of frightening, but if you're in a hurry or you're cooking for more than five people, this thing gets it done. Scarily sharp, terrifyingly toothy, and compact in a way that only a Japanese slicing device can be, the benriner mandolin is a serious kitchen tool.
With great power comes great responsibility.
Wear kevlar gloves.