Samgyetang - Korean Ginseng Soup
Korea's traditional herbal chicken soup.
Servings: 1 people
- Young whole chicken - 500-600 grams
- Samgyetang herbal kit - 1 package 80 grams
- Spring onion - 1 stalk forearm sized
- Ginseng - 1 stalk optional
- Water - 4 cups
- Glutinous rice - 1/3 cup
- Jujubes - 3
- Korean chestnuts - 3-5
- Garlic - 3-5 cloves
- Salt - few shakes
- Black pepper - few shakes
- Sesame seeds - few shakes
Spicy Chicken Dip (Optional)
- Gochugaru - 1/4 cup
- Minced garlic - 1 Tablespoon
- Vinegar - 1 Tablespoon
- Soy Sauce - 2 Tablespoons
- Sugar - 1 teaspoon
- Wasabi - small dab 1/2 teaspoon
- Samgyetang broth - 1/4 cup
Take out a mixing bowl. Wash the glutinous rice and drain the water. Do this 3x. Then fill with cold water and set it aside for 1 hour.
Prep chicken: (1) Snip-off wing-tips. (2) Snip-off the tail (3) Snip-off any visible fat near the cavity of the bird (4) Use a spoon and scrap out any excess debris/blood/etc left in the inside of the bird (5) Thoroughly wash the chicken under running water - including the inside of the bird. (6) Use soap and hot water and wipe down kitchen sink.
Open Samgyetang Herbal kit. Place all of the herbs into the broth pouch.
After 1 hour, drain the rice. Set aside to drip off excess water.
Stuff the chicken: Place 2 garlic cloves, 2 chestnuts, 1 jujube & all of the rice into the chicken. Then cut a hole into the side of the chicken skin (reference video). Cross the chicken legs and fit the upper leg through the hole.
Take out a large pot. Place stuffed chicken into the pot. Then place-in the broth bag and spring onion stalk. You can also throw-in extra cloves of garlic (2-3 max), chestnut and jujube (1-2 max) into the water. As well as a ginseng stalk if you have it.
Bring the pot up to boil without a lid. Once it's boiling, let it hard boil (without the lid) for 10 minutes. Then place the lid on. Reduce heat to a medium-low or low - we're looking for a gentle boil. Then let it boil for 50 minutes with the lid on.
After 1 hour, turn off the heat. (Note: If the broth has reduced too much, simply add more water and let it reduce for another 10 minutes. No problem!)
Then plate the chicken. Now, the soup will taste bland. Before eating, place a small dab of the 'broth seasoning' onto your spoon and mix into the broth. Don't add too much, but season to taste!
Optional: Make the spicy seasoning and use it as an extra dipping sauce for the chicken.
- If the broth reduces too quickly, add more water. Then, let it reduce for 10 more minutes.
- See video below for more details.