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Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, Baekje Samgyetang (百濟參雞湯), Seoul

Day 2 (continued):
After our Shopping at Dongdaemun, we went in search for our Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup. This restaurant can be found in guide books & magazines, & even featured on television programs.

According to the owner, Baekje Samgyetang has been making chicken soup for 40 years the same way. The young chicken is boiled with Onions, Leeks, Ginseng & Chinese dates.

The meal is served with several varieties of Kimchi, pickled garlic, short rice & Ginseng wine. As I found the liquor too strong, I usually pour it into my soup to enhance the flavour.

A simple bowl of Ginseng Soup starts from just 14,000KRW at Baekje Samgyetang, about S$16. But my friend & I wanted to try something better & picked the Ginseng Chicken Broth @ 25,000KRW.

Chinese use Black Chicken to make herbal soups. Historically, black chicken is eaten as a medicinal cure & is said to have a positive effect on the yin, blood, lungs & stomach. It may appear bizarre to some, but the nutritional values pack a punch. I was surprised to find the black chicken in Korea too. Strangely, I’ve never been introduced to black chicken in my last few trips to this city. I decided to try the Ogolgyet’ang, Black Chicken Broth with Wild Ginseng @ 20,000KRW.

The word ABALONE caught my attention. We just had to try the Jeonbokjuk, Abalone Porridge @ 14,000KRW.

I was told that this is one of the top restaurants for Korean Ginseng Soup. However, I found both the soups rather bland & diluted. The Ginseng used is a tiny one. Maybe I’m used to making my own at home, using the Korean Red Ginseng (高麗太極參), which is a higher grade.

We were also very disappointed with the Abalone Porridge. Where’s the Abalone? We couldn’t even find a trace nor smell anything near it. Seriously, I think the restaurant is over-rated. I was told that next day's lunch will be another version of the Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup, much richer in taste. I was happy to hear that & jumped at the opportunity to relish it.
Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Why not try making your own nutritious Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup at home; the result is fascinating. Find out the many health benefits & learn about the different types of Ginseng at my Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup Recipe!

Baekje Samgyetang (百濟參雞湯)
Seoul-si Jung-gu Myeong-dong 2-ga 50-11

Directions:
Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 6.
Go straight 250m along Myeongdong 8-gil.
Turn left at the fourth corner down a narrow alleyway.
Go straight for 60m & you will see it on the right.

26 comments:

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    1. Jen, the soup is yummy but not from the restaurant...... honestly :<

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  2. Eh Shirley! You are back in Korea?!lol Hard to keep up with a lady like you ;) Anyway I love chicken ginseng soup but I agree that it is best cooked at home as you know you will get your money's worth unlike restaurants where there is a tendency to shortchange the customer by stinging on ingredients!

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    1. Denise, I should've mentioned it was a continuation from back log... my fault. Hahaha! Been sitting in my draft for a while. I'm certainly on the same page as u, dear!

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  3. I went to this restaurant and taste the ginseng chicken soup as well,
    honestly speaking,
    i'm very disappointed with the taste of this so call "ginseng chicken soup",
    it didn't have any ginseng taste at all =(
    Spoil our excitement and over expecting on this restaurant ><"

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    1. Coffee, u did too? Thank God I'm not the only one ended up with disappointment. Glad we share the same views.

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  4. Yea, looking at the picture makes me surprised why is the korean ginseng soup that way. It didn't look like one to me. Your version is so much better.

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    1. DS, thanks dear! The soup is too clear, can't taste anything at all :<

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  5. I'm back!! wow..these whole range of foods are super healthy..kimchi, ginseng etc...

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    1. Hong, great to hear from u again! Yap, ginseng is one hell of a killer herb. Hahaha!

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  6. looks plan from the photo view lol . . .

    and for me I would love to try it (one of the hot soup / herbal food fans)

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    1. Edmend, exactly. Very plain & blend.

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  7. I'm sorry the restaurant was a disappointment. I'm sure your homemade version is much, much better. I need to learn more about black chicken...so many foods in this world that are new to me :)

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    1. Lizzy, black chicken may look yucky to u but the nutritional value packs a punch :)

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  8. Wow the chicken ginseng soup look really healthy and delicious!

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    1. Yum List, my family & guests always enjoy this dish. It's really tasty, especially after breaking up the chicken & the glutinous rice, makes the soup very rich.

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  9. Chinese dates? Looks like interesting soup.

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    1. Balvinder, yap! It's healthy, dear! Another Int'l Giveaway going on now for foodies, be sure to enter, sweetie!

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  10. Hi

    I stayed in Korea for 5 months before. The top ginseng chicken soup restaurant is Tosokchon restaurant. If you want the address/how to get there email foodiefc@gmail.com will email u the attachment. =)

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    1. FoodieFC, oh yes, Tosokchon is definitely better. My review on the restaurant will be coming out soon. Thks, dear!

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  11. The ginseng chicken soup was my favourite food when I went to Korea. I liked its mild flavour than the rich one made by the Chinese. Looking for more interesting post from you!

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    1. Veronica, guess it's just personal preference. The one at this restaurant is just too mild for me. Great to have u here & looking fwd to sharing!

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  12. I tried black chicken in Taiwan before. I was shocked to see there is black chicken! Then I saw it in a package sold in Chinese market here too. Too bad the food wasn't good. :-(

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    1. Nami, hahaha! That must be quite a funny event! Black Chicken Soup is really tasty unless it falls into wrong hands....

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  13. Loved Korean ginseng chicken soup with mee sua. Had that in Seoul with their traditional rice wine. On cold winter days, it was like heaven!!!

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    1. Suituapui, with mee sua? Have never tried that........ Oh yes, the soup's great in winter!

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