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Jjimdak Recipe
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5 from 3 votes

Andong Jjimdak - Home Recipe Perfected!

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Chicken (1kg or ~2 lbs) (Or use Thighs & Drumsticks)
  • Some Milk (for tenderizing)
  • A handful of Wide Glass Noodles (Potato Starch Noodles)

Fresh Ingredients

  • ½ a whole Onion
  • 1-2 Potatoes (total, length of your hand)
  • 1 Sweet Potato (total, length of your hand)
  • Small piece of Carrot (length of your pinky finger)
  • 2 Cheongyang Chili Peppers (or ~1 Jalapeno Pepper)
  • 2 stalks of Spring Onion (each, length of your forearm)

Jjimdak Seasoning

  • Cup Soy Sauce (165 ml)
  • ½ Cup Cheongju (Or Sake) (125 ml)
  • ½ Cup Mirin (125 ml)
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar (125 ml)
  • 4-5 Spicy Dried Red Chili Peppers
  • 1 Tablespoon Chunjang Paste
  • 2 Cups Water (500 ml)
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • Few cracks of Black Pepper

Instructions

Tenderize Chicken & Soak Noodles

  • Place chicken (~2 lbs worth) into a bowl. Then pour-in enough milk to submerge the chicken. Set it aside and let it tenderize for 20 minutes - while you work on the veggies.
  • Place glass noodles in a tray. Soak with cold water. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.

Prep Veggies

  • Cut ½ an onion into large chunks.
  • Cut 1-2 potatoes and 1 sweet potato into large chunks as well.
  • Then, cut a small piece of carrot (pinky-length size) into thin moon-length pieces.
  • Dice 2 Cheongyang Chili Peppers into smaller pieces.
  • Then, split 2 Spring Onion Stalks in half. And cut into finger-length pieces.

Braise Chicken

  • Take out a large pot (or wok) and turn it on a medium-high heat. (Note: Don't add-in any oil.) Once the pot is hot, place the chicken on, skin-side down.
  • Let the chicken pieces cook until you get a good sear. Then flip the pieces over with the tongs.
  • Now, add in Soy Sauce (⅔ Cup), Cheongju or Sake (½ Cup), Mirin (½ Cup) and Brown Sugar (½ Cup).
  • Followed by Dried Red Chili Peppers (4-5) and Chunjang Paste (1 Tablespoon).
  • Next, add in some Water (2 Cups).
  • Now, place-on the Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Carrot chunks.
  • Place a lid-on to the pot and let it boil away for 20 minutes. (Set a timer!)
  • After 20 minutes, add in Minced Garlic (1.5 Tablespoons). Then 4-5 cracks of Black Pepper.
  • Now, add-on the glass noodles to the stew.
  • Finally, add-on the Onion, Spring Onions and Cheongyang Chili Peppers.
  • Place a lid-on to the pot and let it boil away for 5 more minutes.

Plate and Serve with rice

  • After 5 minutes, the master pot is ready!
  • For a more beautiful presentation, scoop out the ingredients into a smaller (clay) pot, frying pan or large pot - along with a few ladles of the broth.
  • Serve with hot rice - Bon Appetit!