Weekly Food Post!- Samgyetang

This weeks food is the Korean dish Samgyetang. It is basically a chicken stew cooked nice and slowly so that the meat just falls off of the bone.

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Luckily for us we have a samgyetang restaurant just a 5 minute walk away from our apartment. My old co-teacher introduced me to it about a month ago when I went there with her family and I love it! It’s a beautiful restaurant where all of the female servers wear the traditional Hanbok dress. I tried to take a photo but they were too embarrassed.

The restaurant served some traditional hot water in a beautiful teapot and also a traditional Korean spirit of some kind.

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So, as with nearly all Korean foods your meal comes with side dishes.

The first of which is of course kimchi. Kimchi is eaten at nearly every meal in Korea and is a point of pride among many. There are over 100 different types of kimchi! I didn’t like it when I first came to Korea but now I love it. I’m not the biggest fan of this type of kimchi that we were served today though.

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The next side dish is cucumbers. They were served with some sesame seeds and pepper drizzled over them. They were pretty good, they even had to give us a second serving of them!

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We also got some green peppers. Also a very common side dish here in Korea. You can dip them in the ssamjang. Unfortunately I had a bad experience with one of these peppers at the school cafeteria one day (I got a really spicy one!) So I tend to stay away from them. Also in this photo are some bean sprouts and the same cucumber dish from above.
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The final side dish was beautiful. It had two rice cakes on it as well as some kind of dried fruit which we couldn’t quite figure out what it was.

 

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But now on to the main dish…the samgyetang!

It is a very simple dish with not a lot of spices or flavors. It comes with a small dish of salt which you can sprinkle on while you eat. The portions were pretty big, we each got a small whole chicken which was so tender. Then inside the chicken was a big chunk of rice which went perfectly with the stew. There were also some chestnuts, ginseng, red pepper and onion in it.

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This was Jasons first time at this restaurant so what was his verdict?

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He loved it! It was perfect for our lunch, we didn’t feel too full or bloated afterwards. The only thing that he didn’t like was that it was a little more expensive than the other places that we normally eat out at. This entire meal cost us about 30,000w between the two of us. (23 euros, $28) Still not bad for a great lunch!

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