Earthenware bowl

Ttukbaegi 뚝배기

Korean Earthenware PotsThese Korean earthenware bowls and pots are called ttukbaegi in Korean and can be used to cook many Korean dishes including sundubu, doenjang-jjigae, and samgyetang. They’re perfect for stews and soups because the stone retains the heat so the dish remains hot until you finish your meal.

Korean Earthenware Bowls


If I can find them, I prefer the ones that are matte, not shiny and glossy. A medium sized one (1½-quart) is big enough for most of your needs. Having a larger one around is nice for parties. You can cook Korean food without them, but they are suitable for the Korean style of eating and food culture so it’s worth seeking them out.

You should be able to find them in Korean grocery stores for less than $10 and as low as $4. You can find them on Amazon, too, but beware of high prices there!




  1. Malaysia joined 6/16
    Posted June 6th, 2016 at 8:55 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi.
    Can I use the earthenware pot on the induction stove? Can’t wait to try your sundubu jjigae soon.

  2. Catherinejoan Flower Mound, Texas joined 5/16
    Posted May 1st, 2016 at 6:14 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    I bought my first earthen bowl at Hmart yesterday. I just want to ask if this can be use both on a top electric stove and in the oven? I’m excited to use it for my Korean dishes!
    Thank you!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 1st, 2016 at 10:04 pm | # |

      Yes, you can. Good luck!

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14
      Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 2:38 am | # |

      As Maangchi said!
      – Just don’t overheat it; medium high heat is best, and
      – Don’t put it on a cooking field that’s smaller than the lower diameter of the bowl – there the bowl might break! (But that last one should be in your hearth’s instruction manual, too.)
      Jjigae is so tasty made in one of those!

      By, Sanne.

      • Catherinejoan Flower Mound, Texas joined 5/16
        Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 9:23 am | # |

        Thank you! There is a manual but it’s all written in Korean so I can’t understand it. thank you for the information.

        • sanne Munich joined 8/14
          Posted May 2nd, 2016 at 10:07 am | # |

          You’re welcome! It took me years before I had the courage to try that out. Works nicely!
          One more thing: If you have bought the plastic-plate to put it on: Don’t heat that and don’t put it in the microwave, either! The bowl itself – no problem.

          Bye, Sanne.

  3. sansan joined 5/15
    Posted May 16th, 2015 at 2:04 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I got a earthen ware pot from Hmart; however, I am not sure if I got the right size you use in your videos. The person who works there said it is size 4. Is that a medium size or Should I go a size up? Also, all they have was a shiny finish, no matte. Is that ok? Why do you not recommend shiny/glossy finish?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 18th, 2015 at 9:41 am | # |

      I have a few different size earthenware pots. “size 4” means it’s a 4 cup pot? “all they have was a shiny finish, no matte. Is that ok? ” yes, it’ll be ok.

      • sansan joined 5/15
        Posted May 24th, 2015 at 6:27 am | # |

        Thank you! :) I really enjoy your videos.

  4. samisoam United States joined 2/15
    Posted February 16th, 2015 at 12:37 pm | # |

    Maangchi, I can’t find this earthenware in Korean stores near me (Boston). Do you have any recommendations to buy online? I found some on Amazon but they cost around $50 for a large. HELP?

    • Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14
      Posted February 17th, 2015 at 9:54 am | # |

      Oh, that price is so high! I just looked and you are so right. They are charging 50 bucks for something that cost 7 or 8 dollars in New Jersey. I feel so sorry for the folks living so far away from the awesome Korean grocery stores we have here. Do you have any friends who live near an H-Mart who can buy one for you and ship it? There are H-Marts all over the place! And the earthenware pot is really sturdy and can handle being shipped if it’s packed well. It’s not heavy either. Those people on Amazon marking up the price so high and gouging the sincere population that just wants a simple clay bowl to make stew. How dare they!

    • Norskanza Des Moines joined 2/15
      Posted February 18th, 2015 at 12:13 pm | # |

      I found one at Koamart for less than $10 – but can someone verify that this is the same thing? The description says it is good for storing “cold” food, which makes me wonder if this is meant to be used on the stove or if it is actually something else:

    • PEMkid joined 6/15
      Posted June 16th, 2015 at 11:10 am | # |

      Hmart in Burlington

    • ddnorman Southern NH, USA joined 9/13
      Posted June 17th, 2015 at 8:36 pm | # |


      Try Chung Ge Oriental Market in Ayer MA. They don’t have a huge selection but they do have them at reasonable prices. They also have some hangari also. And the aluminum pots. I have a ttukbaegi and hangari from there! The owners are wonderful too.


  5. azn785 Atlanta, GA joined 2/14
    Posted February 1st, 2014 at 6:12 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    My earthenware pot accidentally ended up in the dishwasher. Will it be okay? I read somewhere that it should never go in the dishwasher.

    Thanks! :D

  6. debbietingzon Quezon City, Philippines joined 7/11
    Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 1:38 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I was just wondering if it’s okay to use 뚝배기 on a glass stove top?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 7:43 am | # |

      Earthenware pot can be used on any kind of stove even in the oven.

  7. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09
    Posted June 3rd, 2012 at 12:56 am | # |

    I finally bought a 뚝배기 today. YAY! I bought a large-ish sized one and I’m taking it back home to Scotland with me. I’m going back home for awhile.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 3rd, 2012 at 6:38 pm | # |

      You are such an experienced cook! I’m surprised that it took this long for you to buy ddukbagi! : ) You are going back home soon. I am sure you will use the ddukbaegi all the time!

  8. alfalazcares Mexico joined 1/12
    Posted February 8th, 2012 at 11:04 pm | # |

    I just got 3 of these, Two big ones for my parents (yes, they kinda eat a lot) and a medium one for me. We’ll be making bibimbap :D

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 9th, 2012 at 6:34 am | # |

      ooh whoo! You are ready to cook more dishes!

  9. miguk girl Dover-Foxcroft, ME joined 3/11
    Posted April 2nd, 2011 at 8:36 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I love your website. Your recipes are concise and the videos are perfect as well. I tell everyone (interested in learning Korean cooking) about your website. You make it easy and understandable. I was wondering about earthen cookware. I can see that they can “take the heat” but I have an electric stove. Is it really okay for them to be in direct contact with the heating element? I have made fish stew and miso soup in one, heating the soup gradually to simmer/boil, but am concerned about using it to make something like fried bibimbap where there is no liquid and the heat is pretty high. Also, if the pot has been immered in water (like washed) does it need to dry completely before you can expose to heat? Don’t want to learn by cracking my earthen pots…Do you have info or can you reassure me that they can take the direct heat contact w electric stove heat elements? Thanks!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 9th, 2012 at 6:33 am | # |

      “concerned about using it to make something like fried bibimbap ..” It will be ok.
      Yes, you can use it on an electric stove, too.

      to make dolsot bibimbap,
      Place some sesame oil on the bottom of the bowl and add warm rice and vegetables on top. Heat it up and wait about a few minutes until rice on the bottom starts burning. You will hear cracking sound. “tak..tak..tak” ^^

      Check this out please. You may be interested in what others are saying about dolsot.
      If you like to discuss more about your earthenware bowl, please leave your question on the forum.

      • divinekitten joined 10/15
        Posted October 13th, 2015 at 3:42 am | # |

        This information is really helpful as I also have an electric stove at home. Also wanted to get confirmation about this before buying the earthenware bowl.
        Thanks so much!

  10. Cheeryvisage New York City joined 1/11
    Posted January 23rd, 2011 at 9:57 pm | # |

    Hi, Maangchi. Sorry to ask questions on an old post. But, I’m trying to decide between purchasing an earthen bowl and a stone bowl. It seems that they are pretty similar in function and I prefer the earthen bowl because it’s so much lighter.

    Though, can you make bibimbap in the earthen bowl to get that crispy rice crust from it? This is the main thing I’m worried about. Does the earthen bowl heat up enough to make rice crispy?

    Thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 24th, 2011 at 7:28 am | # |

      I have an earthen bowl and a ston bowl. I make dolsot bibimbap with my earthenware bowl and it always turns out great. Place some sesame oil on the bottom of the bowl and add warm rice and vegetables on top. Heat it up and wait about a few minutes until rice on the bottom starts burning. You will hear cracking sound. “tak..tak..tak” ^^

      But many of my readers have already talked about this topic here. Check this out and you can leave your thought or questions.

      • Cheeryvisage New York City joined 1/11
        Posted January 25th, 2011 at 9:40 pm | # |

        Thanks a lot. I’ll get an earthen bowl then. Glad to be able to lift it without breaking my arm (like the stone bowl). Haha.

  11. Shanette
    Posted November 4th, 2009 at 4:28 pm | # |

    Hi. I just want to say your website is great. I stumbled upon it looking for different kimche recipes. I had two questions. I wanted to know how much does your recipes serve. I only need enough for my self and I really don’t do left overs it just ends up going bad. Also wanted to know if I could use cast iron to make the stews or is that not a good choice.

  12. D
    Posted September 21st, 2009 at 2:18 am | # |

    I bought an earthenware bowl and a hot plate from a Korean houseware store. I bought the shiny one as a starter bowl because the nonshiny one is $$$. Do you have to treat the bowl before using for cooking? Also, how do you transport the bowl from stovetop to the hotplate? Your video never shows how you transport the bowl. I normally order to the tofu stew in a Korean restaurant but it is brought to our table while the stew is bubbling hot. I’m scared that my silicone oven mit will not be safe enough to carry the bubbling hot bowl off the stove.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 21st, 2009 at 4:41 pm | # |

      Just rinse it slightly before using. I use cotton cloth to move the hot earthenware. : )

  13. josh
    Posted July 7th, 2009 at 3:31 pm | # |

    hey maangchi!
    does a 뚝배기 need a gas burner to work properly?
    or does a regular stove work just fine?

    im planning to make 순두부!
    its gonna be 맛있는!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 8th, 2009 at 7:08 am | # |

      An earthenware pot works well with either gas stove or electric one.
      Good luck with making delcious soondubu jjigae!

  14. Nishu
    Posted June 25th, 2009 at 2:13 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi
    I Bought Earthenware Bowl From Korean Store
    It Looks Beautifull It Has 3 colours in one ;)
    How To Make Rice In It
    And Is It Non Stick Pot

  15. Eleana
    Posted April 19th, 2009 at 1:24 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I was wondering how big is the bowl as in the diameter of the bowl. I’m trying to order it online but I didn’t know which size to get. There are sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 19th, 2009 at 3:29 pm | # |

      I recommend purchasing a medium size earthenware bowl. Mine is medium size, but I would like get large or extra large one someday. When you cook your stew with a small bowl, the soup will easily boil over.

    • JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11
      Posted March 17th, 2011 at 9:44 pm | # |

      I use a medium sized one too and when I cook Maangchi’s recipes that use them with the exact same amount of ingredients it is always just perfect. I also have two small ones which I put soup in but I will use those for bibimbap too now that I read above that you can use it to get the nice crunchy rice. I don’t really have a need for a large or extra large as the medium one easily serves four people when it is full (and maybe more if you are eating with rice).

  16. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted March 30th, 2009 at 6:13 pm | # |

    Kim Thai,
    It is sold at a Korean grocery store.

  17. Kim Thai
    Posted March 30th, 2009 at 12:33 pm | # |

    please let me known where can I get the earthenware stone. Thank you so much.

  18. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted November 10th, 2008 at 7:53 am | # |

    I don’t know why!
    Earthenware is fragile, so you will have to cool it slowly before washing to prevent it from cracking.
    As long as the inside of your earthenware doesn’t crack, it will be ok.

    • BxlSprout Brussels, Belgium joined 5/10
      Posted June 19th, 2010 at 12:03 pm | # |

      Hi Maangchi and D, I use a Chinese earthenware pot (glazed like a Korean pot is) because those are more easily available in my area. The vendor suggested to prevent cracking that I totally immerse the pot and lid in water with a weight over them to truly keep them 100% underwater for 24 hours. I’ve used it dozens of times and it’s never cracked from rapid temperature extremes.

  19. Amy
    Posted November 10th, 2008 at 3:59 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I bought one of these bowls to make your delicious soon dubu with. After I used it a few times, I noticed that the outside of the bowl would start releasing a small amount of reddish liquid, which then dries off and leaves a crust on the bowl as it cooks on the stove (so it looks like some soup boiled over and dried on the side of the bowl). Do you know why it is happening? Maybe I didn’t wash the bowl properly last time? Please help me! Thanks! :)


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