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Today, I’ll teach you how to make 돌솥비빔밥 (dolsot bibimbap)…the easy way!
돌솥비빔밥 is one of my favorite dishes to order at Korean restaurants because it’s pretty difficult to screw up!
Now, you can be old-school and make all the different components from scratch, but I’ve seen first hand that this can take forever. The easiest thing to do is to purchase the ingredients pre-made at a Korean grocery store. You can buy them separately, or in a package especially made for 비빔밥 (bibimbap) like this:
As you can see, it even comes with small cups of beef and red pepper paste! Each package is good for about 3-4 servings so the $5.99 price tag isn’t too bad at all.
A key ingredient in 돌솥비빔밥 is the 돌솥 (dolsot), or stone pot. Most Korean grocery stores sell these in various sizes, and they’re not expensive…I think I got mine for under $10.
Drizzle some sesame seed oil to the bottom of the pot and fill it up with some pre-made rice:
My rice has some color because I put some extra grains in it. Obviously, plain white rice works too! Also, I should mention that older rice works a bit better than freshly cooked rice.
Place the ingredients on top and place on a stove. Soon, you will start hearing sizzling sounds as the oil starts to heat up the rice. If you’re like me like burnt rice, leave it on for a bit longer. You can check the progress by carefully lifting the bottom with a spoon.
That’s it! If you want to add an egg, fry one while the rice & veggies are cooking.
Although the pre-made package came with its own red pepper sauce, I used this instead:
There are many kinds of red pepper sauces available, and this one is specifically made with extra vinegar and corn syrup for that hot-sweet taste.
Mix up everything, and dig in!