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 Pots

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. ChristinaR Boston, MA joined 3/20 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! I am new to cooking Korean food. I got your latest cookbook and have made so many recipes this week, and they are all SO delicious! We love your videos too =) I am wondering why you prefer the matte bowls to the shiny ones–how do they affect the cooking? Thanks, Christina

  2. Choden Delhi joined 9/19 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi, i wanted to buy this earthware here in India . I found one in a korean grocery store, but it is without the lid. Is it good to buy that. The shopkeeper is not much aware as to lid come along and if i can use it over the gas stove.

    Please advise

  3. Miesa San Diego joined 10/14 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,
    I bought a Ttukbaegi 뚝배기 yesterday to replace an old one that had cracked.
    When I got home I realized it was made in China instead of Korea. Do you think it makes a difference?

  4. aaronf4242 North Carolina joined 10/18 & has 3 comments

    Maangchi, can you use this type of bowl to cook with on a glass top stove? Not induction, but still glass top. Will it scratch or damage the stove? Or affect how the food cooks?

  5. 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 12,045 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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

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

    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!

  9. 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..

    See full size image

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

    See full size image

  12. 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?

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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?

  16. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09 & has 55 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.

  17. 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

  18. miguk girl Dover-Foxcroft, ME joined 3/11 & has 4 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 12,045 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.
      If you like to discuss more about your earthenware bowl, please leave your question on the forum.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. 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 12,045 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).

  25. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

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

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

  27. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 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.

  28. 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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