Friday, October 5, 2012

Eating a Stone Pot.

It was lunchtime and my stomach grumbled, I thought about what to eat for lunch, and I decided on 돌솥 비빔밥. It's also know as 비빔밥, but the difference is how it's served. 비빔밥 (b-ee-b-ee-m-b-ah-p) is mixed vegetables with rice served cold. 돌솥 (d-uh-l-s-uh-t)  비빔밥 is served in a pre-heated stone bowl. The bowl keeps cooking the rice, and you turn it over every so often so the rice gets crispy and not burnt.

Thanks to a food blog on Korean and American cuisines, Nosh on me, for her wonderful picture above. As for the meaning of the dish, 돌솥 means "stone bowl", and 비빔밥 is "mixed rice". There is a huge convenience of  돌솥 비빔밥, which is a Korean classic dish, making it easy to cook. I've prepared another picture from a food blog, Korean Cuisine, in case you were hungry. You can thank me later, just say 잘 먹었습니다, 감사합니다 (jahl-muh-guhs-ssouhm-nee-dah, kahm-sah-hahm-nee-dah).

The biggest part about this dish, is there is a certain way to eat it. Some dishes are presented to look good, but you have to mix it up to it's "boring" state to get the full punch of the flavors. Trust me, this dish is a must  for your first time. Also, this dish comes with side dishes and a 비빔밥 sauce. Here's what they look like:

(I don't know all the names for these dishes, but they are all called 
which literally translates to "side dish")

And the sauce (고추장):

The sauce is not too spicy, but it has a sweetness spicy flavor to help the blandness of the rice. All this talking about 반찬 and 돌솥 비빔밥 is making me in the mood for some 순두부찌개. 

Until next time, 안녕히 가세요.  


  1. The sauce is called 고추장. It is quite other spicy red things

    1. 감사합니다 Howard, for your continued support of this blog. Yes I agree most other spicy red things are amazing also. :o)

  2. So what would be the most typical Korean dish? You know...their version of "meat and potatoes" in the U.S.?

    1. Hi Greg, thanks again for your continued support!

      The most typical dish is actually this dish I'm mentioning. It's the best go to for a lot of Koreans because it's simply cooked rice and vegetables. You can add meat to your preference when you make it at home, but normality is rice and vegetable. Another common favorite is Soft Tofu Soup.