“Cho bok” is the first of the “dog days” or “bok nal” in Korea. These are the three hottest days in the summer, according to the lunar calendar. The second one (called “chung bok”) this year will be on July 29 and the last (or “mal bok”) is on August 8. It is a Korean tradition to eat “samgyetang” (ginseng chicken) or “boshintang” (dog stew) on these days.
I went to the grocery on Friday afternoon, pretty excited to prepare “samgyetang” for Saturday’s lunch. It rained heavily on “cho bok” so ours got a little spoiled. Of course, I still prepared the “samgyetang” even if it wasn’t as hot as I had anticipated.