しゃもじ【杓文字】


a flat, usually round instrument for scooping rice or other food. Traditionally made of wood, しゃもじ now are often plastic.

A しゃもじ is a kind of 杓子(しゃくし), a term that also includes serving spoons and other implements of a variety of shapes. In fact, the word しゃもじ was originally a housewife's word formed by combining the first syllable of しゃくし with the elegant suffix もじ. Other names for しゃもじ include みやじま and 飯(めし)ベラ (see example).

木製(もくせい)杓文字
a wooden rice scooper

濡れぶきんで杓文字を濡らしておく。
Wet the rice spoon with a damp cloth.

ボウルの中の材料(ざいりょう)を加(くわ)え、しゃもじなどで、とろみがつくまで混(ま)ぜる。
Add the ingredients from the bowl and stir with a rice scooper or something similar until everything becomes gooey.

今日、秋葉原(あきはばら)で『不思議(ふしぎ)しゃもじ』なる物を買いました。アキハバラデパートの実演販売(じつえんはんばい)で2コ700円でした。
In Akihabara today I bought something called an "Amazing Rice Ladle." They were two for 700 yen at the sales demonstrations at Akihabara Department Store

Q : 調理道具のみやじまとはどんなものでしょうか
「みやじま」は、ご飯をよそうのに使うしゃもじのことです。しゃもじは、しゃくし、飯ベラなどの呼び方もありますが、広島県の宮島産のものが有名なことから、産地の名だけでしゃもじを指すことようになりました。宮島にある厳島神社では、しゃもじを奉納する習慣があり、お土産にもなっています。 (Found here in June 2000)

A plastic しゃもじ partially inserted in a pot of cooked rice. (The foot in the rear is unidentified.)


This entry was created by Tom Gally and Maynard Hogg, with additional contributions by Benjamin Barrett, Mikio Yonekura, and 惣坊均.


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