Stone Bowl Bibimbap

So my quest to make my Korean food more authentic continues with my purchase of traditional stone bowls for bibimbap. I originally wanted to buy these just as a present for my parents for when we travel home next week, but I had to get us two also. I have shared photos of our Korean food with my parents – BBQ, bibimbap, kimchi etc and they were interested to try it themselves. There are still only a few Korean restaurants in England so they want to have a go at cooking it themselves.

Anyway, I tried out the stone bowls last night. I heated them on the hob and added the rice. It sizzled away for a few minutes. I probably could have left them a bit longer but didn’t want to burn the rice the first time. I added all the vegetables and beef as normal and finally the gochujung sauce. 

I have to say the crunchy bits of rice from the bottom of the hot, sizzling bowl did add a great new texture to the dish. It was no more effort than normal so I think I would use the bowls again for bibimbap. And to be honest, I quite like he bit of theatre it adds!

Here are the photos:

   
 

Korea again!

For the labour day long weekend we headed to Seoul again. I really love this city! We went with some friends from work and it was a really good weekend! I can now say I’m a huge fan of baseball and the LG Twins. This was my first baseball experience but it didn’t disappoint.

We returned to the same bibimbap restaurant we visited before. The restaurant set in a traditional Korean building on the side of the hill just below the North Seoul Tower. This time we ordered the raw beef bibimbap instead of the bulgogi option. It was delicious, the beef was so tender it melted on your tongue. The only downside to this though was it became somewhat lost in amongst the rice and pickles. Overall it was a very successful lunch and I would return again next time we are in Seoul. 

So here is the raw beef bibimbap plus a photo of me looking very excited by my lunch.