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Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup At Tosokchon (土俗村參雞湯), Seoul

Day 3 (continued from where we left off):

korean ginseng soup at Tosokchon seoul
This was my 2nd round of Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup after my Spa At Grand Hyatt Seoul & Shopping At Namdaemun (南大门). Located right next to Gyeongbokgung Station, Tosokchon (土俗村參雞湯) is a popular eatery frequently visited by Former President Roh Moo-hyun.

ginseng soup at Tosokchon seoul korea
There’re 2 choices of White Chicken for you to select: A normal Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup @ 15,000KRW (S$18) & another, topped with more Ginseng (山參, 參雞湯) @ 21,000KRW.

korean ginseng soup at Tosokchon
Look at the fillings inside! Tosokchon's Samgyetang, Ginseng Chicken Soup is made from 30 different types of herbs & grains in addition to Glutinous rice, Gingko nuts, Ginseng, Garlic & Jujube (Red dates). The soup is rich & aromatic, very different from the first one I tried @ Baekje Samgyetang (百濟參雞湯). Just look at the pix above & the one below.

korean ginseng soup at Baekje Samgyetang seoul
Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup @ Baekje Samgyetang

Both the restaurants are few of the best in Seoul. Before you decide which to visit, look at your own preference to see if you like something richer or one that’s more diluted.

korea, Tosokchon seoul
What I dislike about this place is the tatami-style seating. I’m really not used to it cause I always get needles & pins sitting this way, even though I move my position frequently. My friend & I were busy shifting our positions more than indulging in our soups.

Be sure to go before the lunch time crowd gets in. The restaurant is packed to the bream. Well, I wouldn’t give it a 5-star as I’ve tried better ones during my trips joining guided tours. But we definitely prefer this to the previous one. Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Tosokchon (土俗村參雞湯)
Address: Seoul-si Jongno-gu Chebu-dong 85-1
Directions (Subway): Gyeongbokgung Station, Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 2.
Go 200m north towards Seoul Tongui-dong Post Office,
Turn left onto Jihamun-ro 5-gil & go straight for 10m.

32 comments:

  1. i would definitely go for the richly flavored soup, would be nice if i can drink this in such cold weather

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    1. Ken, I prefer the richer & thicker version too. Mmmm.... I'm craving for some now :)

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  2. This cold and your post has me craving soup :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Even though I grew up sitting like that often, I still have trouble sitting for a long time! The food looks wonderful and I hope to visit Korea one day. I have a lot of friends who went back to Korea after I met them in the US. I love Korean food and I'd love to eat authentic food there. Thanks for sharing the yummy dish!

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    1. Nami, really? I'm really surprised. Hahaha! I can't seem to sit properly, it's so uncomfortable. Japan & Korea is so near. Maybe u should visit when u return to Japan for holiday :)

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  4. Oh my! It looks so thick and brothy! Must be very good for health :D

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    1. Charmaine, definitely good for our health!

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  5. After an extremely tiring day today, how i wish i could have that rich ginseng soup right in front of me right now. Shall bookmark this, if i have a chance to visit soeul, i shall visit this place but i must remind myself to bring along a small stool so i could at least get some comfort while enjoying my ginseng soup. LOL!

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    1. DS, hahaha! I always like your sense of humour. Lol! But that's a great idea!

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  6. Tempting soup and if I head to Korea, I would certainly try out the same. Since ginseng can be heaty, I can only have once a while because my system cannot digest too much of it.

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    1. Nava, I must agree that not everyone can take korean ginseng since it's on the heaty side. For me, no problem at all. Bring it on. Hahaha!

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  7. I don't think I ever tried Korean food but would love to.

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    1. Balvinder, I'm not exactly a fan of Korean food, but this dish is one of my fave dishes.

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  8. The soup does look yummy, but I think I'd cramp up sitting on the floor!!

    PS...the meringue cookies I posted are nothing like the meringue that tops pies. I think they are named that just because they have only egg whites in the ingredients. Crisy, delicate, but very chocolaty. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

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    1. Lizzy, hahaha! That's what happened exactly. Lol! Thks for the note! Would love to try some of those one day :)

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  9. Hi Shirley

    Totally agree with you! This is the best in Seoul! Was there for 5 months in 2007 and this is the best out of the others. Glad that it is still around!

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    1. FoodieFC, I recalled u mentioning about this place. Thks for your feedback! I'm sure many others would love to try out this great dish :)

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  10. Shirley, the soup you featured today was so aromatic looking, I could practically taste it! It also sounds like a great soup for maintaining health during the winter months. (Lol, my mind is on winter already -- it's been 110 here all week -- I'm longing for cooler weather and hot soup!) Thanks for the comparison, too -- you can see the richness of the first broth, but lighter soups can satisfy as well. By the way, I'd have trouble sitting that way for very long, too. :)

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    1. Kim, this is a super tonic & Koreans & Chinese swear by it. Hahaha!

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  11. One thing I regretted the most from my Korea trip was didn't managed to try any Korean ginseng chicken soup. So, this would be another reason to go back visit Korea again =D. Will check out this place that you recommended

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    1. DD, oh dear! Must be busy shopping. Lol! Be sure to kiv :)

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  12. This looks really good on a cold winter day. Right now in Chicago hot soup is just going to make me sweat...lol

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    1. Bessie, must be so hot there. I can imagine the heat. Lol!

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  13. This brew looks as though it could ward off any cold!

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  14. Hi Shirley,

    Not sure if my first comment went through or not so I'm trying again. Please delete this if it did. So sorry it's been so long since I last visited. Loving the new look of your blog! It looks very fresh and clean. Everything is quite organised...well done!
    I've never had Korean ginseng soup before. Your photos make it look so tasty and flavourful. Would love to try these two different types some day. You always know where to find the best foods. When I win the lottery, I'd love to take you around the world with me as my tour guide if I could. Teehee. Hope all is going well with you, my dear! Take care.

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    1. Lequan, I'm so happy to have u here again! I've missed u, dear! Thks for taking the time & letting me know how u feel about the new look. I'm glad u like it too!

      I'm surprised u haven't tried the soup. Try making this at home, u can grab my recipe here. Wow, that's awesome! Go buy lottery now, I'm waiting! Hahaha!

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  15. Beinga soup person, the Korean Ginseng Chicken soup is one of my faves. And I love the ginseng taste to be strong:D

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    1. missyblurkit, glad we're on the same page :) The soup keeps us healthy. Heehee!

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