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Stone Bowl Recipe

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I definitely have a thing for textures when it comes to food. Contrasting textures, especially in the same dish, really do it for me. When something crunchy is next to something soft, or smooth, the crunchiness is just so much more…crunchy. Dolsot bibimbap is one of the dishes that does an excellent job of pairing the crunchy with the not-so-crunchy.

Dolsot bibimbap is one of my favourite Korean dishes. Bibimbap literally means mixed rice. It’s usually served in a bowl: steamed rice on the bottom, with vegetables and meat on top. Sometimes a fried egg is in thrown in too. Spicy red sauce is drizzled on top to taste and the whole thing is mixed up before eating. Bibimbap on it’s own is a definitely delicious mix of textures, but when you put everything in to a dolsot, or stone bowl, it’s even more over the top crazy.

With dolsot bibimbap, a stone bowl is heated up, then is coated with sesame oil. All the ingredients go in the bowl just like bibimbap, then are mixed up and pressed against the sides of the hot bowl. At this point you have to be just a little bit patient as your patience will be rewarded with crispy, crackling hot rice.

Most bibimbaps are topped with marinated vegetables, but I just tend to use whatever I have in the fridge. This is a great dish for using up leftovers. My bibimbap ended up being topped with some leftover pulled pork, cucumbers, carrots, puréed kimchi and a raw egg. All mixed up this stone bowl was super satisfying: the spiciness of the kimchi, creaminess of the egg, freshness of the cucumber and carrots were awesome textural contrasts to the rice.

I am hot, I am crispy: I AM STONE BOWL!

Stone Bowl Recipe
serves 2

2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 cups cooked short grain rice, hot
1/3 cup pulled pork, warmed
1/3 cup julienned carrots
1/3 cup thinly sliced cucumbers
1/3 cup puréed kimchi
1 egg

Heat your stone bowl over medium-low heat. When it is hot, add the sesame oil to the bowl. Put the rice on the bottom and layer the rest of the ingredients on top. Keep heating the bowl until you hear a distinct sizzling sound. Carefully remove from the heat. Mix together your ingredients and push them against the sides of the bowl. The hot bowl will crisp your rice. The longer you wait, the crispier your rice will get!

**You can find stone bowls at most Korean grocery stores. You’ll have to season your bowl before you can use it.
To season: rub the bowl with salt and rinse. Fill the bowl halfway with water and set it on your stove top on medium heat. Let the bowl heat up and come to a boil. While the water is boiling, heat the oven to 350 F. Continue to boil until the water has evaporated. The bowl will be very hot. Paint the inside of the bowl with a small amount of sesame oil and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

**If you don’t have a stone bowl, try this recipe in a cast iron pan with high sides-you’ll get the same crispy rice results.

 

22 Commentsadd yours

  1. beautiful dish

  2. Looking really nice recipe .i will try it

  3. I loveee bibimbap… My stomach is crying for your stone dish now hehe!! I sure your bibimbap is very yummy. :)

  4. oh, this looks so delicious! I live in a Korean area and usually go across the street to get my bibimbap fix, but your version inspired me to try making it at home. Love the style of your blog!

  5. That is some nice looking bibimbap!

  6. I’m exactly the same way about textures in food! Other people don’t understand why I so love nuts in cookies and brownies (blasphemy for some) and require granola or something else crunchy stirred into my yogurt, but the mix of textures is just so important. I also love Korean food, and this bibimbap looks delicious – I’ll definitely be trying it out!

  7. oh!!
    very nice looking….

    i’ll try it…

  8. You’re getting a good run out of that pulled pork shoulder aren’t you! I guess that’s the beauty of making pulled pork though…. mmmmmm pork.

  9. your stone bowl is gorgeous! or maybe it’s your photography that makes it look so nice? :)
    did you buy it at a korean market? i’ve been looking for one and have never seen one that nice. hoping you bought it online so i can get the same one!

  10. I’d love to know where you got your stone bowl too! :)

  11. Love this, and all Korean food! So nice to see fellow foodies delving into Korean! Best of luck in future culinary endeavors!

  12. This is the first place I have found clear instructions on how to season my stone bowl! Thanks! I just made this tonight, minus the kimchi plus gochuchang, and it was wonderful :) And beautiful photography! I love your blog!

  13. Hi! I tried this recipe using rice cooker and it works! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Really stunning photos! Great blog!

    Stephan in San Francisco on May 5, 2012 at 11:16 am
  15. Wow, a mouthwatering recipe! I love dolsot bibimbap. One of my favorites ever! Yumm!!

  16. We just picked up two of the exact same stone bowl at Korean Plaza in Oakland, CA. Very excited to finally be able to make Dolsot Bibimbap at home.

    inevitabletriumph on February 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm
  17. how do i get this stone bowl, i wanna buy one online

  18. Simply GORGEOUS! And hilarious. Hahaha “I am hot, I am crispy: I AM STONE BOWL!” I DIED. I love it. I make bibimbap frequently at home but I haven’t invested in dolsot bowls yet. I really want to — I agree, what makes bibimbap so wonderful is its mixture of textures and the crispy rice would send it over the top! Love your blog and so glad I found it.

  19. Yum! I’m a potter and am going to try and perfect a stoneware bowl the right size fior me. Beautiful photos.
    Cynthia Spencer

  20. Been trying to make my rice crispy! Pictures are beautiful!

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