November 07, 2013

Tosokchon Samgyetang 토속촌 삼계탕 (土俗村参鸡汤) | Must-eat in Korea

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Hi lovelies, its almost mid-November - the season when everyone start planning or looking forward to that year end trip. The most common and popular destinations are Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. I blogged about my Taiwan and Hong Kong trips previously but I haven't really blogged about my Korea trip last year. Guess what triggered this post? Well, I was asked by many where to shop and where to eat in Korea. So here it is - presenting to you.. the first post of where to eat in Korea.

As with every other Singaporean (maybe I'm stereotyping but then again we are a nation whom love our food), I usually hunt down the must eat and must have food prior to any of my trips. Today, I'm going to share with you one of the must eat when you are in Korea - Tosokchon Samgyetang 토속촌 located near Gyeongbukgung station. A must-try especially if you are near the vicinity, say after visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace!

Getting to Tosokchon Samgyetang 토속촌 (土俗村参鸡汤):

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Walk out of Gyeongbokgong Station from Exit 2.

There are 2 flight of stairs that lead you out from Exit 2. You should see the landmark below before continuing to walk straight. *Note: Do not cross the zebra crossing from here.

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You will pass by Baskin Robbins and Popeyes.

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Continue to walk straight all the way until the first junction you see with zebra crossing, turn left and you will see Tosokchon Samgyetang 토속촌 (土俗村参鸡汤)

We were there around 11.15am and there's already a queue!

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Tosokchon Samgyetang 토속촌 (土俗村参鸡汤)
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 자하문로5길 5 (체부동)

Nearest subway station:
Gyeongbokgung Station, Exit 2

Directions:
Go straight about 170m and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road.
Tosokchon (토속촌) is located 10m ahead on the left.

Opening hours: 10:00 - 22:00

Tosokchon is known for its signature samgyetang 삼계탕 (chicken ginseng soup) made with glutinous rice, gingko nuts, ginseng, garlic and jujube as well as 30 different types of medicinal herbs and grains.

It was frequented by Late President Roh Moo-hyun.

Took these shots while queuing up to get into Tosokchon 토속촌 (土俗村).

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Ebony and I looking very excited for our 1st meal in Korea.

Don't be put off by the queue, it moves rather quickly. I can't remember exactly how long did we queue to get in but it was definitely less than 10 minutes.

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You will have to take off your shoes before entering the dining area.

Tell me how not to love eating in a hanok (traditional Korean house)? #sokorean 

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Can't read Hangul? Not to worry because there's English translation on Tosokchon's menu.

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Tosokchon menu

If you're afraid that there might be language barrier difficulties, let me assure you that Tosokchon's staff understand and can communicate in English and Chinese so there's nothing much to worry about!

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Free flow of Kimchi and Kkakdugi (preserved radish)

As we are not big-eaters, we ordered a Samgyetang 삼계탕 (Chicken stew with Ginseng) and Haemul Pajeon 해물파전 (Savoury pancake with spring onion) to share. 

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Samgyetang 삼계탕 (Chicken stew with Ginseng), 15,000 KRW

Tosokchon serve their Samgyetang 삼계탕 (参鸡汤) along with Ginseng wine. We were served a shot of Ginseng wine each. Apparently, you are supposed to down the shot of Ginseng wine before tucking into the bowl of Samgyetang 삼계탕 (参鸡汤). I took a sip and it was like, "Wow, this is real Ginseng wine." Its quite strong in the sense that I wouldn't drink it pure just like that but I like it when I pour it over Samgyetang 삼계탕 (参鸡汤). Ebony was unreceptive to try the Ginseng wine while Mommy down the shot of Ginseng wine at a go. She liked it and she said that it helps to warm up her body. It was about 7°C that day and we were freezing especially on the lower body because we only had jeans on.
   
Tosokchon Samgyetang 삼계탕 (土俗村参鸡汤) contains glutinous rice, gingko nuts, ginseng, garlic and jujube as well as 30 different types of medicinal herbs and grains.

We really like the soup. It is very flavourful, not too oily or salty. In fact, it have this sweet aftertaste to it. We just drank it the way it was served to us without adding any extra condiments like pepper and salt. I did dip my chicken into the pepper and salt combination to try as our server told us its best eaten this way. Did I mention how soft the chicken is? Not forgetting that it was served piping hot which is perfect for Winter! We had no problem polishing the entire bowl of Samgyetang Tosokchon Samgyetang 삼계탕 (土俗村参鸡汤) off. 

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Haemul Pajeon 해물파전 (Savoury pancake with spring onion), 15 000 KRW

Haemul Pajeon 해물파전 is basically seafood pancake with spring onion. It contains prawns and squid. Personally, I like spring onion but if you are not too fond of spring onion like Ebony, you will have to be prepared to pick them out because its really overloaded with spring onion.
Its a very generous serving that we couldn't finish it despite it being very good.  

Check out how thick the Haemul Pajeon 해물파전 is! 

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I'm very fond of pancakes be it seafood pancake or kimchi pancake. The ones that I normally have in Singapore be it in Korean restaurants or over at the food court (my favourite is Kim Dae Mun, Concorde Food Court) is normally the thin ones. But the Haemul Pajeon 해물파전 at Tosokchon 토속촌 (土俗村参鸡汤) is really thick which I like because you can taste the batter. 

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맛있다!

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With Mommy and Ebony at Tosokchon 토속촌 (土俗村参鸡汤)

Will I go back to Tosokchon 토속촌 (土俗村参鸡汤) the next time I'm in Seoul? Yes, definitely...

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for some tongdak 통닭 (roasted chicken) that I didn't managed to try during this trip.

I hope I didn't make anyone too hungry or make you guys feel like flying over to Korea now to tuck in happily to a pipping hot bowl of Samgyetang 삼계탕 and crispy Haemul Pajeon 해물파전.

Love,
Patricia

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