Samgyetang: Ginseng Chicken Soup

Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup)
Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup)

Samgyetang is a chicken soup consisting of a whole young chicken in a Korean ginseng broth that is stuffed with glutinous rice, garlic, nuts, and dates. The dish is a type of Korean guk, or soup. The name samgyetang literally means “ginseng chicken soup.”

Koreans often eat it on the three hottest days of summer. These three days are known as chobok, jungbok, and malbok.

The nutrients in the soup are believed to replenish lost stamina during the hot summer days when excessive sweating is common.

The dish is a great source of nutrients and vitamins which are believed to help prevent and cure sicknesses and other health problems. It is also believed that the nutrients in samgyetang can cure and prevent common colds and other minor ailments.

One of the most well known places in Seoul to enjoy the dish is at Tosokchon to the west of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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Last Updated on Dec 28, 2021