Earthenware bowl

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Korean Earthenware Pots

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These 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!

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55 Comments:

  1. sunmee85 Maryland joined 12/16 & has 4 comments

    Maangchi, my mom told me I shouldn’t clean these earthenware bowls with soap like I do with regular dishes, because it’s porous. What’s an easy way to clean them? When I make steamed egg, it’s taking a long time to scrape off the egg stuck to the sides (with my fingernails!) and bottom when I wash with water.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,390 comments

      Your mom is right, don’t use soapy water to clean these. I usually use hot water to clean, but when I cook some greasy stuff I use coffee grounds, it works perfectly. If I have some burnt stuff on the bottom i scrub it with a wire scrubber, then it’s gone quickly.

  2. Reed422 Boston, MA joined 2/18 & has 1 comment

    Hmart seems to have these for about $6 near me but they’re made in China. Do you think the quality is going to be as good as the ones made in Korea?

  3. RuthC Colombia, South America joined 6/17 & has 8 comments

    Hi, maangachi
    In your ttukbagegi bulgogi recipe what size is your Ttukbaegi?
    I appreciate your help

  4. xilian27 NC joined 9/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi,
    I have a quick question do I have to season the pot first or can I start using it right away? Also, how do I go about seasoning the pot? Thank you so much and I can’t wait to start using it! Take care!

  5. bharri Sunnyvale joined 3/17 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I bought Earthenware bowl yesterday. I just want to ask if this can be use both on a top of electric coil.I have attached picture too..I am excited to use..


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  6. [email protected] Malaysia joined 6/16 & has 1 comment

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

  7. Catherinejoan Flower Mound, Texas joined 5/16 & has 2 comments

    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 & has 11,390 comments

      Yes, you can. Good luck!

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 188 comments

      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 & has 2 comments

        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 & has 188 comments

          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.

      • zflorence Germany joined 9/17 & has 1 comment

        Hi Sanne,

        I’m living in Ingolstadt. Do you know where I could get these pots? I tried looking online, but they’re either too ex (on Amazon) or on a Korean language website which I do not understand a thing. :(

        Thank you so much in advance!

  8. sansan joined 5/15 & has 3 comments

    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?

  9. samisoam United States joined 2/15 & has 1 comment

    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?

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