Korean Grocery Store Finds

by on March 2, 2006
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It was exactly a week ago that I was lamenting my inability to find the stoneware bowls to make Dol Sot Bibimbab (aka Bibim bap, to some spellers). Well, I lamented too soon! Last weekend I had the chance to visit the only Korean grocery store within miles of here, and I was amazed to find, stacked on a low shelf with the noodles–nowhere near the other dishware or cooking utensils–the bowls I’d been looking for, along with the heavy plastic trays that go under them to keep them from burning the table.

Korean Stoneware Bowl and Tray

These single-serving bowls can go into the oven or right on the stove burner. Take a look at the bottom:

Bottom of Korean Stoneware Bowl

These will also be great for serving anything that I want to keep warm, such as stews. I’m going to experiment with other recipes soon, but first I’ll be making up a batch of Bibimbab. I’ll cook the rice in the rice cooker as always, put it into the bowls and then heat them in the oven before adding the toppings and serving. That’s my plan, but I don’t have precise instructions. If someone knows more, please let me know.

That was a surprise find. What I went expecting to find, and did, was the Kochu Chang (Hot Pepper Paste) that I had to improvise last time.

Kochu Chang

You’ll note that it doesn’t say Kochu Chang (or Gochujang, as it’s sometimes spelled)–at least not in English. This particular brand said Hot Pepper Paste, but some brands don’t have any name listed in English. Your best bet is to ask the people working in the store. (Note: You can also buy it on Amazon.)

Another View of Kochu Chang

That’s a shot of the top of the package I bought. There were about four different brands in the store I visited, and since all had basically the same ingredients–glutinous rice, red pepper powder, wheat flour, corn syrup, salt–I picked the least expensive one in the largest container. I’m cheap, and I don’t know when I’ll be getting back to shop there again.

Bibimbab is the Recipe of the Week at my site, Fatfree Vegan Recipes. So find a Korean grocery store, buy some kochu chang, cook some rice, and throw some veggies (seasoned with sesame oil) on top. You’ve just made your first bowl of Bibimbap. Enjoy!

And, in case you’re wondering, I don’t have any recipes or food photos for you today. Last night, we ordered sushi, and I haven’t yet felt the compulsion to photograph food I didn’t cook. If I keep food blogging long enough, I’m sure that will come!

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1 Denby Stoneware August 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

Great looking dish! I want 1 of those for sure

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2 Alice November 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Since returning from Korea, I have been trying to buy a set of these bowls. Is it possible to order them?

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