Based on historical relics discovered in Korea, it’s presumed that the stone pot known as the “dolsot” in Korean must have originated during the Baekje Kingdom, some 1300 years ago. As such, it was a very familiar kitchen utensil for locals. But with the advent of the Japanese-style pot called “naembi” after the 1920s and electric rice cookers which brought about a new rice-cooking trend in the late 1960s, the stone pot had been neglected for some time. However, in recent years, the attractive features of cooked rice in a stone pot – how the pressure from the heavy lid of a stone pot enriches the savory taste of cooked rice – drew public attention and brought the dolsot back into the limelight.
Main Ingredients :
(for 2 servings)
120 g non-glutinous rice, 30 g glutinous rice, 5 g black rice, 5 g black beans, 1 chestnut, 2 jujubes, 20 g fresh ginseng, 3 gingko nuts, 1 tsp pine nuts, 1 cup water
Seasoning sauce spices: 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp chili pepper powder, 1 tsp chopped scallion, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp powdered sesame mixed with salt
☑ When soaking grains in water, prepare the black rice separately from non-glutinous or glutinous rice because the white rice could turn a reddish black from the black rice water.
☑ Beans are harder than other ingredients, so precook 2/3 of them before using.
☑ Gingko nuts used for galbi-jjim, or braised beef ribs, are skinned by stir-frying them in an oiled pan, but they should be blanched in boiling water to peel the film when used for cooked rice.
☑ The water level for cooking the rice should be 1-1.5-cm higher than the top level of the content.
☑ Scoop the cooked rice from the stone pot and place in a separate bowl. Flavor the rice with the seasoning sauce when you serve it. Eat the crust of overcooked rice on the bottom of the pot by steeping it in water.
Kim Su-jin: Hansik Researcher
- Director of Association for Research on Taste of Korea
- Head Director of Food & Culture Korea Academy
- Nation’s First Film Food Director
(Major works: “Ssanghwajeom”, “The Painter of Wind”, “King and the Clown”, “Best Chef”)