I am seriously obsessed with this hot pot made just to make warm tofu (yudōfu in Japanese). There’s a little copper section to put hot coals (binchoōtan) to keep the water simmering.
This one is made from hinoki wood — hinoki, if you don’t know, smells soooooooooooooo good.
$300 a pop.
Yudōfu by the way, is a Kyoto specialty. Kyoto is known for the amazing tofu. The broth is just water + konbu. Maybe a drop of soy sauce. Kyoto tofu is so rich, the only thing it really needs is the garnishes. If you’re ever in Kyoto, do please find time to try.
Here are five places that serve only yudōfu: