Earthenware bowl

Ttukbaegi 뚝배기

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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58 Comments:

  1. azn785 Atlanta, GA joined 2/14 & has 1 comment

    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

  2. debbietingzon Quezon City, Philippines joined 7/11 & has 2 comments

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

  3. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09 & has 54 comments

    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 & has 11,710 comments

      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!

  4. alfalazcares Mexico joined 1/12 & has 4 comments

    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

  5. miguk girl Dover-Foxcroft, ME joined 3/11 & has 3 comments

    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 & has 11,710 comments

      “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. https://www.maangchi.com/talk/topic/dolsot-problems-help
      If you like to discuss more about your earthenware bowl, please leave your question on the forum.

  6. Cheeryvisage New York City joined 1/11 & has 7 comments

    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 & has 11,710 comments

      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.
      https://www.maangchi.com/talk/topic/dolsot-problems-help

  7. Shanette& has 1 comment

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. josh& has 28 comments

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

    thanks!
    im planning to make 순두부!
    its gonna be 맛있는!

  10. Nishu& has 2,252 comments

    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

  11. Eleana& has 2,252 comments

    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 & has 11,710 comments

      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 & has 120 comments

      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).

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

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

  13. Kim Thai& has 1 comment

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

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,710 comments

    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 & has 46 comments

      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.

  15. Amy& has 1 comment

    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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