You don’t have to be Korean to make this dolsot bibimbap recipe. You just have to have the right tools. It’s not only delicious but it’s incredibly satisfying.
I talk about my first experience with dolsot bibimbap in this post. Suffice to say that I love bibimbap (aka BBB) so much that I bought the two bowls you see above so I could make this delicious dish over and over!
The Korean stone bowl helps the rice get crispy and heats up everything in it to make for a crackling good meal. It’s magical when you mix the meat, vegetables, rice and egg together and so delicious when you pour on a spicy Gochujang sauce. If you can’t take the spice, eat your BBB plain or with a few shakes of soy sauce.
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The history of bibimbap
Bibimbap means “mixed rice” in Korean. It is over a century old and is derived from another dish called Goldongban, which was eaten on the night before the lunar new year. It was a time for people to clear out the leftovers from their pantries and in later years out of their refrigerator. Just mix the veggies and meat with rice and you get a great meal.
That makes every dolsot bibimbap unique and different because everyone has different items in their fridge and pantry.
Is this recipe authentic?
No. Since I’m not Korean, I don’t use some of the beloved staples they do, such as kimchi or radish salad or Korean bean sprouts, to name a few. I will sometimes have a side of kimchi but not usually.
When I first started to make BBB, I tried to get it as authentic as I could. I bought the bowls, I’d julienne the vegetables and cook them separately to keep the colors segregated.
I no longer do that. I do not julienne the vegetables because it’s too much work and really not necessary. Julienne veggies are pretty, but as soon as you serve this dish, you’re going to mix the whole thing together, which makes the segregation of vegetables a moot point.
I make the recipe as easy as I can because we eat dolsot bibimbap almost every week and I don’t want to dread making it (or stop making it) because of all the work. That’s just me.
Is the dolsot (stone bowl) necessary?
No. In that case, the dish won’t be called dolsot; it will just be BBB. So you don’t need to buy one but let me tell you, once you make this recipe in a stone bowl, you’ll never want to make it outside of one. The heated stone bowl makes the rice nice and crunchy and it keeps the BBB hot for a long time.
Is it safe to crack an egg directly on top of the rice?
Yes and no. Yes if you make dolsot bibimbap because of the heat of the stone bowl. No if you are not using the bowl, because the rice and veggies won’t be hot enough to cook the egg by themselves.
Once you start to stir the egg into the rice/veggie/meat mixture, the egg will cook as it touches the stone bowl and spreads through the hot ingredients in the bowl.
Can I make this vegetarian or vegan?
Yes. For vegetarian BBB, omit the marinated chicken. For vegan BBB, omit both the meat and egg.
I made two BBB so you could see how much you get leftover and the two ways you can add the egg.
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How to make dolsot bibimbap
Cut boneless and skinless meat in medium chunks and place them in a glass mixing bowl.
Gather the ingredients for the marinade – herbs and spices, soy sauce and maple syrup.
Add all the above ingredients to the bowl of chicken and mix with a rubber spatula. Cover and place the bowl in the refrigerator and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. (A)
Meanwhile, make jasmine rice according to the directions on the package. I buy the Lotus Foods organic brown jasmine rice. The cooking directions on the package call for 1 cup of rice, 1.75 cups water and ¼ teaspoon salt. Rinse rice well, put both the rice and water in the pan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
Take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator. (A)
Heat a wok or large sauté pan on medium heat. Add one tablespoon of marinade and once that heats up, add chicken and sauté for 8 – 10 minutes. (B)
Scoop the chicken out of the pan and set aside.
Heat the bowl
Place the dolsot bowls in the oven and set the temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s important to NOT change the temperature of the bowl quickly as you don’t want it to crack.
Once the oven comes to temperature, set the timer to 10 minutes.
Once the timer beeps, turn the oven off, LEAVE the bowl in the oven and set the timer to 10 minutes.
Time for Vegetables
Meanwhile, gather the vegetables – bok choy (I recommend baby bok choy for its tenderness), onion, red bell peppers and mushrooms. (C)
Wash the vegetables well and chop them into chunks. When washing the bok choy, either don’t put the leaves directly under water or make sure to dry them off afterwards. Otherwise, the veggies will be swimming in water when you saute them. Also gather the sesame oil.
I use two woks to cook the veggies and I cook them in shifts. If you don’t own a wok, use two large sauté pans.
Heat the pan you used to cook the chicken on medium and once it heats up, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once that heats up, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic paste and ¼ teaspoon of salt to one pan and sauté for 12 minutes. Spoon into a large bowl, keeping it separate.
Meanwhile, heat the other pan on medium, add the sesame oil until it heats up and add the bok choy, salt and garlic paste. This vegetable cooks fast so it should be done within 5 minutes. Don’t turn the heat off under the pan but remove the bok choy. I set mine aside in a large bowl, giving it its own space.
Add a little more oil to the pan then add mushrooms, garlic paste and a pinch of salt and sauté for around 5 minutes. Spoon them into the bowl with the rest of the vegetables, keeping them separate. (E-above)
Putting it together
The rice should be done. Fluff it up a bit. (F) The rest of the photos in the collage below were taken in my kitchen with the overhead light on, which gives them a yellowish cast.
By now, the stone bowl is ready to take out of the oven. Place it on one of the burners and turn the heat to medium. (G)
Pour a little sesame oil in the bowl and use a silicone brush to thoroughly distribute the oil up the sides of the bowl. (H)
Spoon rice in the bowl, spread it up the sides and flatten it against the bowl. (I)
Spoon the veggies on the rice. (J)
Add the chicken on top of the vegetables, right in the middle. (K)
Set the timer for 15 minutes for crackily rice, or 10 minutes if you want softer rice.
Time for the Eggs
You can either fry an egg sunny side up OR you can crack the egg directly into the bowl, which incidentally, is my preferred way to cook it.
I enjoy serving the dolsot bibimbap to my guests without the egg on top, for the pretty presentation. That’s when I add the fried egg…
…or the raw egg.
Next, I take a large spoon and mix the egg in the BBB, making sure the egg has fully cooked.
I spoon the BBB in some bowls and dribble Gochujang sauce on top.
This Gochujang sauce is quite spicy so I mix the sauce in before eating it. Christopher finds the sauce way too spicy, so he eats his BBB plain or with a little soy sauce.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe.
What about you? How do you eat your dolsot bibimbap? Leave me a comment as I’d love to know.
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- 5 chicken thighs (5 or 6 – boneless, skinless and cut into medium chunks)
- 1 cup rice (I use Lotus Foods, organic brown Jasmine rice)
- 1.75 cups water (to cook rice – your brand may have different measurements)
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil (divided – 1 tablespoon per veggie)
- 1 large red bell pepper (chopped small)
- 1 large onion (chopped small)
- 1 medium bok choy (1 or 2 – chopped)
- 10 ounces mushrooms (chopped small)
- 3 teaspoon garlic paste (1 teaspoon per each veggie)
- 1 teaspoon salt (divided, ¼ teaspoon per vegetable)
- 2 tablespoon sesame oil (divided – 1 tablespoon per bowl)
- 2 eggs (1 per bowl)
- Place all the marinade ingredients (soy sauce, maple syrup, garlic powder, garlic paste, tarragon, and ginger powder) in a bowl and whisk them together
- Add chicken and mix until the marinade covers the chicken. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour
- Meanwhile, make the rice according to the package
- Place stone bowls in oven and set the oven for 425 F. Once it comes to temperature, set timer for 10 minutes. Once it beeps, turn off oven and set timer for 10 minutes. If all the vegetables aren’t done cooking, you may leave the bowls in the oven
- Heat a large sauté pan or wok on medium, add 1 tablespoon marinade and once that heats up, add the chicken and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring every minute. Set aside
- Heat another sauté pan or wok on medium add 1 tablespoon oil and once that heats up, add onion and pepper and sauté for 10 minutes. Set aside
- In the pan you sautéed the chicken in add 1 tablespoon of oil and once that heats up, add bok choy and sauté for 4 minutes. Set aside
- In the pan the onion and pepper was in, add 1 tablespoon of oil and once that heats up, add mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes. Set aside
- Take stone bowls out of the oven, set them on the burners and turn the heat under them on medium
- Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to each stone bowl and take a silicone brush and distribute oil up the sides of the bowls
- Add spoonfuls of rice to the bowls and spread it up the sides of the bowls, flattening it with the bowl of the spoon
- Add the vegetables individually to the bowl keeping them in the quadrants. This is for presentation since you’re just going to mix it together with a spoon when you serve it
- Add a few spoonfuls of chicken on the vegetables in the middle
- Set the timer for 15 minutes for crunchy rice or 10 minutes for softer rice
- Either fry the eggs sunny-side up or add them raw to the bowls after you place the BBB on the table
- Use a large serving spoon to mix the BBB until the egg is cooked (if you’re using raw eggs).
- Add Gochujang sauce for extra spice, or soy sauce, or eat plain