There’s a Bon Dosirak franchise near my day job’s location. This is the latest concept from Bon Juk and Bon Bibimbap. I’ve had a few of these dosirak (lunchboxes) before. I particularly like the way they pay tribute to regional cuisines, like the Andong Jjimdalk dosirak, the Sokcho Spicy Octopus dosirak, and the Chuncheon DalkGalbi dosirak.

Today's Dosirak: Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal

I’m going to try to systematically go through as much as I can of their menu in the next couple of months. Honestly, there isn’t much else in this neighborhood. I also find these to be tasty, healthy, and not too harsh on the wallet.

Today, I went there for the first time. The owner was surprised to see a foreigner come in, read the menu (it’s all in hangeul), and order. She even gave me a free cup of soup because I was the first foreigner they ever had.

Today's Dosirak: Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal

Today’s dosirak is the first item on their menu, Grilled Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal Dosirak 더덕고추장삼겹쉬 도시락. This is a bit of a nod to Gangwon Province, where they grow deodeok. I’m a big fan of this root. “Bastard’s Ginseng.” It’s sweet and crunchy like a carrot, but it also has a little bite to it, like a horseradish. It’s cooked with some thinly sliced pork belly rubbed in gochujang.

Today's Dosirak: Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal

The banchan is all designed to be a rice thief. They can’t be eaten on their own because they’re too sour and strongly seasoned. They need rice for balance. The set comes with a package of kim (dried seaweed) for making little rolls out of the banchan and rice. I also got a cup of maesil juice and the aforementioned doenjang soup.

Today's Dosirak: Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal

Clockwise from the rice:

Pajeon (green onion pancake). It had a fresh oil flavor, like that of buttered popcorn.

Fried fishcake.

Today's Dosirak: Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal

Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal.

Imitation Crab stuffed with Sweet Potato Mousse. Delightful little morsel.

Jeotgal. Fermented sea critters. These really should just go on the rice. I love this stuff.

Pickled Cucumbers. These were so strongly pickled that they needed rice.

Stir-fried Kimchi.

The full set goes for W8,900. The “danpum” version without the four banchan on the right goes for W7,200.

Today's Dosirak: Deodeok Gochujang Samgyeopsal

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