My food journey continues! Click on each picture for more details.
Samgyetang (삼계탕), translating to “ginseng, chicken, soup” – considered a staple “보양식”, a health food that will reinvigorate and energize you. I went to eat this when I was feeling under the weather.
Contains a whole chicken stuffed most often with sticky rice, ginseng, garlic, jujube, scallions, and other things considered good for your health
Soondubu Jjigae (순두부찌개) is a kimchi tofu stew. The tofu is soft and therefore easily mashed up, and there are many variants of the stew, such as seafood, vegetable, kimchi, etc. Some restaurants provide you with a raw egg that you crack into the soup yourself and the heat from the soup will cook it.
Another example of the extensive side dishes that are usually provided during a meal
Dolsot Rice “돌솥밥”- rice cooked in a hot stone bowl. The stone allows the inside material to stay hot for a long time.
The inside had purple rice, which you scoop out, and then pour hot water into the mostly empty bowl to make Noo-roong-ji.
Noo-roong-ji is literally overcooked rice (the soup produced by the rice essentially boiling in it. It is considered a health food, something to eat to calm the stomach down.
At the restaurant Saboten (which seems to be a Japanese chain that is now in Korea), they gave us our own mortar and pestle of a sort and we crushed a bunch of sesame and other seeds, into which we later poured our Donkatsu sauce into. This was, I assume, to enhance the flavor and the smell that wafted up as the seeds got crushed was amazing. It was so “고소해”, which unfortunately has no direct translation in english, but means something like flavorful.
Donkatsu and Soba at Saboten
Close up shot
At this restaurant, there were large grills that took up most of the table. We ordered the type of meat, and it came with all of the pictured above as sides. Potatoes, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sausages, Kimchi, seasoned soybean sprouts, a type of seasoned greens, dwaenjang jjigae, and steamed egg casserole. Yummy!
At the end of our meal, they take left over ingredients, add dried seaweed, egg and fry all of it together right in front of us. The worker put our rice into a heart shape as an extra “service”.