Samgyetang (삼계탕) is just a “basic” Korean chicken soup named Ginseng Chicken Soup. I have seen this in some many dramas and all the celebrities always mention it at some time. I remember I the first time I read the ingredients and saw ginseng chicken I was like -ouh ginseng that’s something different-. Well i kept looking and found it it is quite simple to make. Among the recipes i found I decided to go with this one from Maangchi.com -she even haves a video- The whole cooking process takes about an hour.
Note I didn’t had the ginseng so I used ginger (lol!) I couldn’t find the jujubes and I added a few flavors like red pepper flakes but not a lot since I can’t handle too much spice. Also I didn’t have the sweet rice so I used regular rice but didn’t soak it for an hour like the recipe says and I regret it BIG time. So just do it. In other words I did what I could with what I had. But I’ll try to get all the exact materials for the next time.
|This is the stuffed Cornish hen. Garlic, green onions and ginger (yes I used ginger)|
|Ready for the stove|
|Just after taking it out from the stove. It opens easily and the meat is really juicy.|
|Since I didn’t soak the rice after it was done I removed the hen and put the rice back on the stove alone for 5 minutes and it was all good. The flavors of the garlic and ginger combined with the red pepper flakes was awesome.|