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Chefs Love the Josper Oven. Here’s Why You’ll Enjoy It in Malaysia

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Press Room Bistro - Oven Baked Fresh Clams

Photo Credit: Press Room Bistro – Oven Baked Fresh Clams

There’s no denying that the Josper Oven is a worthwhile investment to those in the food and beverage industry. Meat and seafood cooked in a Josper Oven are delicious and succulent and charred or grilled to perfection. ‘Josper Grilling’ has become a popular term due to this essential kitchen equipment. Even the Financial Times referred to this grill as a ‘must-have chef’s toy’.

What is a Josper Oven?

HJX50LACXP Raffles Tower - Tiajning HJX50LACXP Raffles Tower – Tianjing - Josper Oven

The Josper Oven is a combination of a grill and an oven in a single piece of equipment. It cooks food using charcoal heat only. The ashes from the charcoal are stored in a sealed cabinet, ensuring that none of it comes in contact with the food. Essentially, the Josper Charcoal Ovens Company combined cutting-edge technology with the ancient Spanish cooking method of using covered fire pits to produce the Josper Oven.

Josper Oven Features

HJX50M - Cordoba - Josper Oven

The Josper Oven’s most notable defining feature is its dual-functionality as an oven and a grill, enabling it to multi-task: searing, smoking and grilling, all at the same time. This oven can also cook food in a significantly shorter amount of time than many other types of ovens.

Another notable benefit of the Josper Oven is its fast and dry heat method of cooking at high temperature, which creates that desirable char and crisp surface with meat dishes.

The oven functions like an indoor barbecue. It’s very effective at retaining the moisture and flavor of the meat when it’s kept behind closed doors within the oven. The oven has precise temperature control that guarantees accurately cooked meat with minimal handling, and the temperature can go up to 500 degrees Celsius.

A premium range Josper Oven can easily accommodate up to 30 pieces of fish or meat at a time, and it can cook about 7kgs of meat in just six minutes.

How it Works

The Josper Oven is ideal for cooking meat, such as steaks, lamb, seafood, pork chops and more. For example, to cook a T-bone steak, a chef would typically rest the meat in the warming cabinet of the oven while waiting for the oven to preheat to an optimal temperature (300-350 degree Celcius) for grilling. The steak is salted as it cooks and grilled for three minutes on each side. While the steak is grilling, it is important to keep the oven door closed, to keep the smoke and moisture within the oven. Once the meat is cooked and the oven door is opened, heat and smoke will be released from the oven. This is because of the charcoals burning within. A sprinkle of salt and the T-bone steak is ready to be served with that desirable char and caramelized crust.

The oven can also be used to cook delicious seafood. Spanish octopus; however, is tough enough to withstand the extremely hot grill bars of the oven. To cook this, the octopus can be placed directly on the grill. Once cooked, the flesh of the octopus will be tender and flavourful.

The Josper Oven at La Bodega Malacca and The Press Room Bistro at Pavilion KL

La Bodega - Angus Tenderloin

Photo Credit: La Bodega – Angus Tenderloin

You don’t have to invest in a Josper Oven just to taste the deliciously smoky steaks, lamb and seafood cooked in the oven. In Malaysia, the Spanish oven is used in the kitchens of The Press Room Bistro at Pavilion KL and the La Bodega outlet in Malacca, which is famous for serving Spanish cuisine. Pretty soon (within the year), the Josper Oven will be available at all La Bodega outlets!

Some of the dishes cooked using the Josper Oven at The Press Room Bistro and La Bodega Malacca include the Roasted Angus Beef Brisket, Chuletas De Cordero A La Parrilla, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Angus Tenderloin and Angus Ribeye.

La Bodega first opened in 1999 and quickly became a popular spot for people to gather after work and on weekends, to relax and unwind while enjoying an array of scrumptious Spanish cuisine and drinks.

To enjoy the Josper Oven, make a reservation at La Bodega Malacca or  The Press Room Bistro at Pavilion KL.

Photo Gallery

Photo Credit: Josper Charcoal Ovens

Location of Outlets

The Press Room Bistro

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2148 3889

Monday-Sunday, 8am-2am

La Bodega Malacca

The Shore Shopping Gallery

Tel: 06 284 2288

Daily, 9am-1am

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