A few weeks ago, we had the most delicious soup for lunch at school. Let me just start by saying that so far I’m really not a big fan of the soup here. Traditionally soup is eaten with every meal, so it’s been a strange adjustment for me. Most of the soups I’ve tried are fish based, and many of them have tofu, seaweed, or fish in them and I don’t like any of those things. Call me crazy!
So back to a few weeks ago…The school served a chicken soup that was incredible, and as it happens I LOVE chicken soup so I was really excited for a non-seafood based soup. My CoT asked me later that day if I enjoyed the soup, and I pretty much raved about it. She told me it is a very famous soup in Korea that is very healthy because it has ginseng in it. I’m sure she probably told me the name of it too, but at that time I was having a hard time retaining things because I was in information overload.
This weekend I went to Daegu with my little crew I’ve formed from my neighborhood. Our Chinese friend Yuki kept trying to take us to a soup restaurant, but we kept saying that we wanted to eat American food since we eat Korean food all week. Finally, last night we gave in and let him take us to get soup. We ended up at a really nice restaurant that only serves a specific type of soup, the ginseng chicken soup! It was a bit pricey (11,000won), but the portions were huge. I wasn’t really hungry because we had just had a huge delicious American brunch a few hours before, but I was really excited to eat this soup again.
They bring out the soup in a big stone pot while it’s still boiling. Inside there is a whole chicken in a broth with onions, ginseng, etc. There is a bowl of salt on the table so you can add however much you want for your own taste. It was simply amazing. One of the few things I can say in Korean is “맛있어요” or “ma-si-sseo-yo” which means “It’s delicious”.
Wiki article about the soup – 삼계탕