One of my favorite lunchy things is dolsot bibimbap– basically a Korean rice bowl. You take a special granite bowl, wipe down the inside with sesame oil, and pack it full of rice. All sorts of veggies are arrayed on top. You put the lid on, and cook it directly over a flame for maybe 10 minutes or so until the bowl has heated up and the rice against the bowl forms this toasty, crunchy crust. Open it up, stir in an egg (which cooks from the heat of the bowl) and some red pepper paste, and you have your DELICIOUS RICE BOWL.
When it is not also a vengeful rice bowl.
I made one today. I carry it over to the table and stir in my red pepper paste (I handled the egg at the stove). I get up to get a glass of water. I hear popping sounds coming from the bowl. As I approach, there is one really loud POP, like a firecracker, and little blobs of rice and veggies go flying in a one-foot radius.
So curse you, my murderous delicious rice bowl! I’m sitting here eating you with safety goggles now!
But, seriously, does anyone know what’s making the explosions and how to get it to not happen again? I’m guessing it’s a steam explosion caused by the red pepper paste or one of the other ingredients (I had sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, sauteed yellow squash, and blanched spinach, though that had been allowed to drip-dry pretty thoroughly), but I’m not sure what there is to do in the way of prevention.
You shall not win this one, you haunted little rice bowl you!!!