[Food][Wellbeing]Traditional Healthy Food in Korea
Samgyetang(Ginseng Chicken Soup)
Samgyetang is one of traditional healthy Korean soup,
which primarily consists of a whole young chicken and Korean ginseng with other fruits.
Koreans like to drink hot soup or stews during the summer months in an effort to combat the fierce heat.
Because ginseng and ginger are also "hot" spices according to Chinese medicine,
you will sweat and detox after drinking a hot bowl of this soup on a sunny day.
The belief is that your body is better able to regulate itself and stay cool in the summer heat
after being detoxed and rejuvenated by a bowl of Samgyetang.
In summer, Samgyetang is a favorite dish for Korean
because it is widely believed to both cure and prevent physical ailments.
Although it is traditionally a summer food,
Sangyetang is also enjoyed as a regular meal at any time of the year.
So, should we start to make Samgyetang together?
How To Make Samgyetang
Young chicken,, Ginseng, Sweet Rice, Chestnut, Jujube Garlic, Salt and Pepper
1. Wash and rinse your chicken in cold running water
2. 1/4 cup of sweet rice for 1 hour
3. Stuff the chicekn with the sweet rice, a ginseng root, a few jujubes, and 3-4 cloves of garlic.
Place it in a pot
4. Pour water into the pot and boil it over high heat for 20 minutes.
When it starts boiling, skim off any foam and fat that rises to the surface
Then pour in more water and boil it over medium heat for 40 minutes
5. When it cooks properly, the chicken will be easily pulled apart by chopsticks
6. Serve it with salt and pepper
Many Koreans enjoy it on three specific days in summer
Chobok(beginning of hot day), Jungbok(mid hot day), and Malbok(last of hot day),
which Koreans believe to be the hottest and most sultry of the year.
In 2014, July 18th is Chobok, July 28th is Jungbok, and August 7th is Malbok in Korea.
We, Tong, can recommend you to try traditional Korean healthy food 'Samgyetang' in this hot summer
with your family, friends and partners! :)