Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lunch Box (Dosirak)

I found these old school stainless steel lunchboxes a couple years ago at a garage sale and couldn't resist. Brings back memories of Korea, picnics, Mom. All that good stuff.

Here we recreated a version that they have at Kanghodong Baekjeong in LA. (Their rib eye is to die for by the way). They have the shaken lunchbox on the menu and it seemed so easy and fun to make we decided to give it a try. The banchan can change depending on what you have in your fridge but I would always use kimchi, fried egg, and the seaweed.

- 1 bowl cooked rice
- Banchan 1: 
- Banchan 2:
- Banchan 3:
- 1 fried egg, sunny side up
- Some crushed seasoned seaweed

Banchan 1: Lotus Root

Banchan 2: Stir Fried Anchovy

Banchan 3: Fried Kimchi. It's super easy. Just heat a spoon of oil in a pan. Add a 1/2 cup of chopped kimchi and 1/2 t sugar. Fry until the oil in pan is bright orange and kimchi is soft, around 5 min.

When you have all your banchan ready you can start assembling the lunchbox. First put the rice in the lunchbox.

Then arrange the different banch on top of the rice along with the crushed seaweed.

We used the second lunchbox for dessert. Fresh cherries!

I would love to have this in my bag for lunch everyday.

Shake it up like they make you do at Konghodong. Or just mix it around with your chopsticks and voila you have a lovely lunch. Oh and the bohjagi can double as a table cloth.



opportunityknits said...

This lunch box has ALL my fave food (haha I have lots of fave food), I LOVE it. Wish I could be eating this for lunch today :)
I like my kimchi kind of sweet, so I'm going to try frying kimchi with sugar, but I'm sure that I'm going to love it. Thanks for sharing!

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As an ESL teacher, I would always feel sympathy for the Korean students as they peered hopefully into their lunch boxes provided by the homestay families. The disappointment on their faces would be evident as they found yet another sandwich. If they were really lucky they may got some leftovers with rice, but very rarely would they get the kind of wonderful lunch you show here. Those that lived in their own apartments would make their own lunches and we would all swoon!

Anonymous said...

do you buy the chopped kimchi already prepared? if so , what brand and style do you like to use for this ?

Bo said...

You can use any kind of kimchi you have at hand. Just make sure to chop it into bite size pieces before frying.

Anonymous said...

what brand of rice you prefer for this?
do you think it is best if the rice is a day old so it dries out a bit?
our kimchi is not orange like that , do you add some sort of red pepper paste? any details would be helpful .

kero said...

looks so yummy and healthy, too! fried kimchi is the best. and the egg on top! perfect.

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Sasha said...

i love this! i am definitely going to rock a lunch box this summer (and hopefully one with some fresh cherries for dessert).

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Anonymous said...

nice post with great pics. we dont do lunchboxes too often but we might consider now. ^^


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Jane Reggievia said...

oh I know "dosirak" from watching We Got Married - YongSeo Couple episodes. They eat something in a lunch box then you have to shake it first before enjoy the meal. It looks find and I don't know we can make own "dosirak" at home! :D thanks for the recipe! <3 anyway, you shud write moreee, I love your blog (:


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I've been curious about cooking with lotus root. Thanks for this great recipe!

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I really hope to try this soon when I get a time this weekend. Need to shop at H-mart to get some ingredients

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