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Dolsot (Korean stone bowl/pot) Suggestion, Please.

I am looking to buy a Dolsot.

http://media.maangchi.com/wp-content/...

http://www.dholidays.net/wp-content/u...

There is a Korean supermarket (H-mart) nearby and it does sell Dolsot, but it looks to be much smaller than the one from the restaurant. It is much swallower for sure - about half the height. I suppose I could buy it, but if I am going to spend money on a Dolsot, then I figure I might as well get the size close to what I need. By the way, I want the real stone one, but the ones which look to be clay.

I cannot find any Dolsot from Amazon.com or google shopping.

Any suggestion? Or should I settle for the local H-mart one .... it does not even have a stone cover...

Thanks.

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  1. No Asian restaurant supply stores nearby or Chinatown nearby? That'd be my first suggestion, could ask a Korean restaurant too, or any restaurant supply store should be able to source specific items for you. You could buy one over the internet but you'd not be able to see it first.

    http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/te...

    for example

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    1. re: TeRReT

      Yes, there is a Korean supermarket nearby and I went there just 20 minutes ago. It sells the Dolsot, but a bit smaller than I wanted. In addition, it does not come with a stone cover. This ebay seller sells this one, which may be the size I want (not sure), but it is a $30 stone bowl with a $50 shipping fee. $80 total.

      Yes, I bought a $80 hand made wok, but that is because (1) I knew it is a high quality wok, and (2) I use a wok often. There is no way I would use a Korean stone bowl to cook on a regular basis. It is really just something nice to have, not a must to have.

      I may just ask the Korean restaurant if it can buy one for me.... I can give Chinatown a try. I will go there this Saturday anyway.

      1. re: TeRReT

        Wow.... I didn't know you can search Japanese websites. :)

        By the way, I know you are a trained Italian chef. Can you cook something else too? Like Japanese and Korean, maybe?

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I am learning more and more Japanese food, not necessarily the type in restaurants, but I am watching my fiancee's mother when she cooks and a lot of it is pretty straight forward once you have all the base ingredients, which are readily available here. I have now moved out and we just stocked our sauce pantry the other day, was a heavy load to carry but we are close to set now.

          Soy sauce, one regular and one entire bean or something, mirin, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, sake and probably more I'm forgetting

          Still working on buying all furiture oi.

          I have bought a lot of Japanese cookbooks here, and will be studying them lots, though all are in Japanese of course.

          We both love Korean as well, so will be looking to cook some of that as well once we get sorted out. It will be awhile before I'm allowed to buy something like a dolsot, but will cook what I can. We have a nice little grill and electric hot pot thing, so will definitely be doing something. We have a fridge but so far its just got beer, tea and tofu in it.

          1. re: TeRReT

            <I have now moved out>

            Good. Glad you finally find a place.

            <I have bought a lot of Japanese cookbooks here, and will be studying them lots, though all are in Japanese of course.>

            But you don't read Japanese.

            I went to Philly Chinatown and stopped by two kitchen stores and did not find Dolsot. I did find the Japanese cast iron pots:

            http://fairwayeq.com/images/C8-Iron18...

            but no Dolsot. Like I said, I don't need it right now, but it is something nice to have (not must to have).

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              That cast iron pot is a cute design; I've eyed it at HMart. It has some sort of enamel liner. But the ones I've seen are made in China. While probably worth the $20 (or so), it isn't the legendary Japanese cast iron. If I got it would be for nabe, table top soups and stews. But I already have good pots for that.

              1. re: paulj

                <But I already have good pots for that.>

                Then get a Dolsot like I will. :)

      2. Chem, I got a pair of stone pots/Dolsots with lids at the big H-mart in NYC's Koreatown.. (Manhattan 30's..). I thought you lived in tri-state area -- if so, I'd suggest you check this place out. They had 2-3 different sizes, lids, and wooden coasters as of about one year ago, when I got mine -- they were sitting on the shelves in the very back of the store. They looked like the ones in your first link.

        I've been super happy with them, although my first one became discolored a horrible oily yellow/orange after I seasoned it with sesame oil as one web site recommended!

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        1. re: iyc_nyc

          iyc_nyc and PaulJ

          I was looking for H-mart online purchase of Dolsot. I will see if I can find it. Yes, I live in the tristate area close to Philly. The small H-mart I have been to only has one size, no lid and no wood coasters for $20. Like I said, I don't need it, but it is one of those nice to have thing - but not must to have.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            Chem, let me know if you still have trouble.. It might take a month or two, but I could try to get one for you and ship it to you... Koamart.com used to carry them but there were reports of cracks on their bowls (although they looked identical to mine) and their web site no longer seems to be up..

            1. re: iyc_nyc

              You are too kind. Don't worry about it. I am sure I will find one. I was just curious if there is an easy access to one. If I really have trouble, then I will contact you guys, but I expect that I will able to find one soon.

              How is NYC?

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Okay -- definitely let me know if you can't find one!

                NYC is awesome -- can find everything you need here. :-)

            2. re: Chemicalkinetics

              How far are you from the huge, spectacular, new H-Mart in Edison, NJ? I recall seeing a few different sizes of dolsots there, but don't remember the details and it will probably be a while before I can get back to check it out.

              1. re: JoanN

                <new H-Mart in Edison, NJ>

                45-50 minutes. :) So it is do-able. I will head to Chinatown tomorrow and see if there is any Dolsot (doubful). I know the small H-mart at Levitttown, PA does not have what I want, and I have been there 2-3 times in the last month.

                I think a Dolsot is nice to have, but I can probably wait a bit. Thanks.

          2. My HMart does have stone ones, with stone covers. I don't recall which sizes. So far I've only bought an earthenware one, 5.5" inside diameter. With sandpots and a cazuela I have plenty of items in this general category.

              1. re: JoanN

                http://www.koamart.com/index.php?cPat...
                the offerings as koamart are similar to what I've seen at a large HMart.

                1. re: JoanN

                  http://www.koamart.com/product_info.p...

                  This actually looks very cool, except that the picture is in such low resolution that I don't know if the stone surface is smooth or very rough. Thanks a lot for you guys. I will give the H-Mart one more try (a different H-Mart) of course, and if I don't get it there, then I will surely buy it from your suggested website.

                  By the way, how did you guys (JoanN and paulj) find out these sites. I surfed and surfed and could not come across these sites.

                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    I'm sure it doesn't help, but now that I know of your quest to find these bowls, I am seeing them all over the place here :P I saw a stone one with lid clearanced at an ikeaesque store here yesterday. I have also seen them in the grocery store and other small shops :P I'd have bought one but I'm still on a strict purchasing system now. I am not allowed to buy anything we don't need right away. I will maybe get one eventually though, but I am not sure how I'd even use it, all I have at the moment is a portable IH unit.

                    1. re: TeRReT

                      <I'm sure it doesn't help, but now that I know of your quest to find these bowls, I am seeing them all over the place here :P>

                      Dude, why don't you tell me that you are seeing a lot beautiful women all over Japan as well. :P

                      No, it is not helping. :D

                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        I thought that would be rubbing it in a little too much, and I thought it was obvious that I'd be surrounded by beautiful women, especially here :P