Here is a photo-story of a remarkable meal. I had it one evening on each of my 2013 trips to Korea. It may not be the kind of one-pot meal beloved of busy families and students, but it really was cooked in one pot...
We arrived at the table and this was placed in front of us on a gas burner.
The abalone on top was still alive (click here to visit the video proof - or don't). Also in the pot, some dumplings, a chicken or two, some rice cakes (like short fat rice noodles) and an octopus.
Soon afterwards, we fished out the dumplings and some of the fairly-plain but tasty broth and set to work adding greens and mushrooms to the stew:
Here was my "starter":
And then, a little later, we had the chicken, vegetables, rice cakes, octopus (cut up with scissors at some point) in some more of the broth (now getting a little more complex):
Finally, noodles were added to the pot, along with some other ingredients and after a minute or so we had our final course from the pot - by now the broth was quite spicy and delicious - perfect to accompany the plain noodles.
And OK - yes there was a course that didn't come from the pot - but they were local and delicious (and not served during the January version of this meal!)