Dolsot Nutritious Bap (Rice)
Dolsot-bap is rice cooked in a stone spot (Dolsot in Korean) with chestnuts, ginkgo nuts, pine nuts, pyogo (shitake) mushrooms, soybeans and vegetables. Because it has to be served piping hot straight off he stove. Dolsot-bap was only made for special guests or the patriarch of the family.
A dolsot (lit. “stone pot”) is a small-sized cookware-cum-serveware made of agalmatolite, suitable for one to two servings of bap (cooked rice). In Korean cuisine, various hot rice dishes such as bibimbap or gulbap (oyster rice) as well as plain white rice can be prepared and served in dolsot. As a dolsot does not cool off as soon as removed from the stove, rice continues to cook and arrives at the table still sizzling. While cooking rice in the stone pot, Koreans usually add various healthy grains or fruits such as Ginseng, chestnut, jujube, ginkgo, soybean, etc., on the rice for the better taste and nutrition.
On the bottom of dolsot, there forms a thin crust of scorched rice, to be scraped off and eaten in case of bibimbap, or made into sungnyung (infusion) in case of unseasoned rice dishes. In the former case dolsot can be brushed with sesame oil beforehand to facilitate scraping. To make sungnyung, the unscorched part of rice is scooped and transferred into another serving bowl right after served, and hot water or tea (usually mild grain teas such as barley tea or corn tea) is poured into the dolsot when it is still blistering. The infusion with loosened chunks of scorched rice remains warm til the end of the meal, when it is typically savoured.