Chicken in a hot pot. How could it go wrong? .. With that, on a cold night in Seoul, our party of merry Filipino Tourists, were able to try one of Korea's famous dishes. The Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup.
We were led to the 3rd floor of a jam packed restaurant. From what I can see, the first 2 floors were filled with Koreans celebrating a wedding. I believe the dish we were about to partake on is some sort of "chicken soup for soul and body". LOL. According to our guide, the meal is eaten to help with cough, colds and would eventually make the body better. Especially since, there is a small ginseng root inside.
After waiting for a few minutes, we were served pipping hot pots of a small chicken, along with kimchi on the side. This was the Samgyetang or Chicken Broth with Korean Ginseng (14,000Won)
After letting the smoke subside, we were in awe as a small chicken is presented to each one of us.
We were instructed to cut it open. From here, we could see the small ginseng root and some sticky rice.
We were also given noodles to mix with the meal. Along with the kimchi, we were advised to mix in some soy sauce and other condiments to have the taste come to our liking.
and yes, we were instructed to eat the ginseng too.
Honestly speaking, I didn't know how to go about this particular dish. It was a bit bland for me even if I mixed in the condiments. Although the soup was hot and definitely warms our insides, I couldn't finish it. I think this particular "delicacy" is something I would be okay passing off the next time it is offered to me. Even though it is almost the same with Singapore's Chicken Rice (click here), I would definitely go for the latter anytime. For those who were asking, my mom enjoyed it. I guess she loves healthy and simple stuff. Yeps, she finished mine.
Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup
Disclaimer: wrote this post based on my experience. paid for the meal.
Looks interesting, but yeah, it doesn't look quite appetizing to me.ReplyDelete
I think its an acquired taste michy... i mean yeah its a bit bland and I think you must know the perfect condiment combination to make it work.... plus the selling point.. it being healthy hahahahahahahaReplyDelete