tell my about my new clay cooking pot with a hole in the middle

My friend gave me a new pot today. It looks beautiful. See picture.

However, it is very unusual to me. It has a chimney and a hole in the middle of the pot. I wonder what I can cook in it. Google is a bit useless as one needs to know what words to use when searching for something. But the good people at the Food52 Hotline know everything cooking. I bet someone here knows what kind of pot this is.

My friend seems to think it's a middle eastern style cook pot, or possibly North Africa. I don't know. I've seen the like before, somewhere, long ago. Something about steam and ginger... but that's all my memory can uncover.

What is it? Anyone have one? What recipes are good for this pot?

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Catherine
Catherine February 26, 2017

Based on this video, I would guess it is a steamer pot?
https://www.youtube.com...

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anka
anka February 26, 2017

It is Ceramic Food Steamer With Central Chimney
http://www.ceramics-in-france.com/en/pagen3.3.html

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PHIL
PHIL February 27, 2017

Your friend is thinking of a Tangine. This is something different.

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foofaraw
foofaraw February 27, 2017

Internet search provides http://www.notechmagazine.com/2012/04/ceramic-steamer-with-central-chimney.html , which seems to be a kind of French/Chinese steamer.
Check out Le steamer page http://www.ceramics-in-france.com/en/pagen3.3.html which provides how to cook with it and recipes.

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff February 27, 2017

I had a pot like that and just used it to steam vegetables. Others have used similar pots to steam rice. My guess is that similar pots can be found from many places, but here's a link to their use in Yunnan, China. http://www.ceramics-in-france.com/en/pagen3.2.html

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff February 27, 2017

Whoops, I see I'm not the first to give you a link to the same French site. Scrolling was sort of oddly slow for a minute. My page is different, so check them both out.

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