Find a special slanted wooden spoon-type-thing?
September 17, 2018 7:56 PM   Subscribe

My husband's favorite wooden cooking implement has worn down, and he said "it would impossible" to find another one. "Oh ho," I said, "clearly you don't know the magic that is Ask Metafilter." He said the spoon is called a "Pumpkin G Mother" spoon and may be from Japan. It is a wooden implement with a slanted top. Here is a picture of the thingy in its current, battered form. Can you find this spoon, or a reasonable facsimile thereof?
posted by Threeve to Food & Drink (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This maybe?

Or this?

posted by The otter lady at 8:07 PM on September 17

Something like this?. Not sure of the angle is sharp enough though.
posted by ghost phoneme at 8:08 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

10 inches of spoonatula?

How big is your husband's spoon/spatula?
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:13 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

This guy on Etsy could maybe make one exactly
posted by The otter lady at 8:13 PM on September 17

The term I'm seeing for this is "saute paddle" -- but not sure if this one is close enough in the features he wants to replicate.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:22 PM on September 17

posted by carmicha at 8:27 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

My searches have led me to the term shamoji or rice paddle. Here is one such I found on amazon.
posted by Night_owl at 8:33 PM on September 17

Bamboo stir fry spatula

If you have a Chinatown near you, I'm sure the housewares stores there would carry a variety of wooden/bamboo spatulas.
posted by extramundane at 8:36 PM on September 17 [5 favorites]

It’s for sure bamboo... I’d probably find a flat slanted bamboo spatula and then cut or sand it down to match the shape of the original if it’s the shape that he really wants. To me, bamboo implements and vastly superior to any other wood, is it possible that its the material he likes and not the shape so much?

Like this one maybe.

Or this one, which is not out of stock. :-/
posted by Huck500 at 8:42 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

I was your husband 4 years ago! And this is what I found (and bought 5 of):
posted by misterbrandt at 9:08 PM on September 17

Here is link to an online shop that sells Japanese Utensils- and there seem to be a few that might be a very close match.
posted by momochan at 9:14 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

It's a wooden rice paddle. I found similar ones at Walmart of all places.
posted by Toddles at 9:59 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

When my old one of those eventually wore down to a nub, I made a replacement from a discarded hardwood fence paling using an electric jig saw, a belt sander, and linseed oil. Still have it. Works well.
posted by flabdablet at 11:05 PM on September 17 [1 favorite]

Also, is he puling our legs about the name?
posted by miles1972 at 12:01 AM on September 18 [4 favorites]

I have this Helen Chen bamboo stir-fry spatula, which I love despite the Asian-shit-for-white-people branding: it's really excellent quality bamboo, fits my hand perfectly, and is only six bucks. I got it as an impulse buy from Ace Hardware six or seven years ago, but you can find it on Amazon, too. My partner (the primary cook in our households, & Japanese himself) missed it so much that when I took it with me when I moved, I got him an identical one as a present.
posted by tapir-whorf at 12:54 AM on September 18 [3 favorites]

Maybe a porridge spoon would work?
posted by oh pollo! at 2:22 AM on September 18

This looks very, very similar.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:33 AM on September 18

Thanks all for the recommendations and some new keywords to try! I have passed this along and will see if any of these work. They seem like great candidates to me.
posted by Threeve at 8:42 AM on September 18

I would get this this because it has a built-in rest.
posted by Don Pepino at 10:37 AM on September 18

Late with this, but a two-fer to add to your list of suspects.
posted by taz at 1:15 AM on October 8

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