Korean Summer Food: Samgyetang

This isn’t the first time I’m going to post something about samgyetang. In the summer, we have what’s called “복날” (bok-nal) or “dog days” which are the three hottest days of summer. First is “초복” (cho-bok”) which falls on July 14th this year. The second one is “중복” (jung-bok) on July 24th and lastly, “말복” (mal-bok) which is on August 13th. On these days, we usually have samgyetang (chicken ginseng) or boshintang (dog meat stew) for stamina or to survive the hot days. There is no proven medical claim to having these food during these days, but they are considered Korean summer food.

On Friday last week, I bought four spring chicken instead of going to the restaurant for samgyetang. Each chicken was 3,500 won. I also bought a pack of the roots, wood and glutinous rice needed to cook the chicken.

Spring chicken for samgyetang
Spring chicken for samgyetang

I got the pack of roots for 4,800 won at Homeplus, a supermarket chain.

Soup pack for samgyetang
Soup pack for samgyetang

I first boiled five liters of water with the soup pack for 30 minutes with about a tablespoon of salt. I stuffed the cavity of the chicken with the glutinous rice, two segments of garlic and two jujube. I put in the four stuffed chickens in the pot and boiled it for about 40 minutes.

Cooking samgyetang
Cooking samgyetang

Samgyetang is one of my favorite Korean dishes. It’s hot but I feel refreshed and energized after a meal ;p

Korean ginseng chicken soup - samgyetang
Korean ginseng chicken soup - samgyetang

You can also try this at home!

6 thoughts on “Korean Summer Food: Samgyetang

  • July 18, 2011 at 7:47 am
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    Ohhhh yummy!!! We stopped in Seoul a couple of months ago (my first time to Korea) and samgyetang was the first thing we had! It was delicious, but our host thought we didn’t like it cause we couldn’t finish it (it was because we had just gotten off the plane and dinner was served shortly before landing, so we were stuffed). 😛

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  • July 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm
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    oh samgyetang is one of my korean favorite food ,i really love korean food cant wait to eat samgyetang on my next visit to seoul on sept .korean thanksgiving which they called chusok ..

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  • July 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm
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    wow! looks like sooo yummy!

    sana ma-try ko yan ‘pag makapunta ako ng seoul soon.. 😉

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  • July 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm
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    It looks yummy. 🙂
    I’ve been seeing this in Korean dramas but I haven’t tasted it yet. I hope I will, soon. :))

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  • August 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm
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    wow! looks yummy! just like our version of Tinola, right?

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  • August 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm
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    Dog Meat… good god lol

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