Tosokchon Samgyetang South Korea | 土俗村参鶏湯 | 토속촌삼계탕
Tosokchon Samgyetang South Korea 土俗村 “Local Customs Village” specializes in Ginseng chicken soup 参鶏湯. Samgyetang is basically a chicken stuffed with ginseng and rice soup. It is made by boiling 30+ medicinal and food ingredients, chestnuts, pine nuts, gingko nuts, garlic, black seasame seeds, brown rice, barley, jujubes, barley, and ginseng together. The milky broth provides much nutritiousness that it will keep you warm throughout winter. This is a filling deep dish and comes with some sides just to give your palate a break. Ginseng chicken soup: 15,000 won each (approx 15 CAD)
Outside resembles an old house with shingles, brick walls, and wood pillars. The interior consists of floor seating with low long communal tables. It you are tall or stiff bodied, than I hope you do some yoga to prep yourself.
Another popular item on the menu is the Ogolgye Samgyetang (black chicken): 22,000 won. Black chicken promotes blood circulation and very nutritious. Each chicken is slightly smaller compared to the regular spring chickens but again the dish itself is enough to be shared. For experience purposes, we each got our own. Of course, in the end I only ended up drinking the soup.
- spicy burned chicken soup
- spicy stew monkfish
- seafood pancakes
Tosokchon is quite convenient being about 10 min walk away from Gyeongbokgung Station. It is makes a great place to visit after touring Gyeongbokgung Palace 景福宮 |경복궁. Take Exit 2 towards Hyoja-Dong and turn left when you see GS25 convenient store (I hope it will still be there when you visit). Take the time to walk around the area, there are lots of cute shops and pathways!
Address: 85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) Exit 2 (about 10 mins walk)
Tel: (02) 737-7444
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This resto is full of Chinese comfort food and specialty items – congee and noodles for the day; mini rice sets, french toast and milk tea for afternoon tea; and dinner combo sets that includes house soup (typically pork-bone broth with lotus roots or pumpkin squash and chicken feet), rice, and dessert soup (red bean soup or coconut sago)… Lunch sets under $10 served with hot / cold drinks; Dinner combo meals available for 2, 3, 4, 6… prices are reasonable and the portions are hefty. Dinner combo for 4 will feed 5 hungry mouths for $60 including tips!Cuisine: Chinese, Noodles, Hong Kong Cafe, Comfort Food Price/Entrée: $10-20 Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent) Food: 4 Service: 2.0 Ambiance: 3.0 Overall: 3.5
Infamous delicacies of Deer Garden includes their Seafood, Hainanese Free Range Chicken 海南雞飯 (HFRC), Salt Baked Chicken, and Malaysian Style Curry.
The HFRC is juicy, tender, and flavourful… Traditional Hainanese prefers the use of plumper birds to maximize the amount of oil extracted – the entire chicken is boiled in chicken and pork bone stock then dipped in ice after cooking to produce gelatine like gloss finish. Served with dipping sauces of chilli and minced ginger and oil. TIP: order extra minced ginger and oil sauce to mix with rice… delish!
Originally Mui Garden was known for their curries – I seriously beg to differ. Last time I was there, the curry was watery and cold. Let’s not get into details here. The curry at Deer Garden is a velvety concoction of coconut milk and yellow curry meddled with onions, potatoes, and green/red peppers. The meat is nicely robed and abundant. Chose from Beef, Beef Briskets, Chicken, Fish, or Pork Culets…
Other notable dishes;
Not always available and sometimes seasonal. Their jelly fishes are plump and juicy. The chili sesame oil sauce compliments this dish so well.
One of the best S&P preparations in town! Loads of garlic chips, jalapenos, peppers, and green onions. Be sure to try this on crab as well.
Tin foil wrapped sirloin beef seals in moisture to make this cow tender and succulently robed with Hua Diao Wine sauce. Enoki mushrooms and onions brings out the flavonoids. The tin foil wrapping maybe a bit of a gimmick for presentation, but its delish!
Lastly, if you come for service, please don’t have high expectations. This place is packed at all times. The staff are overworked and sometimes as a regular you are forced to serve yourself. Nonetheless, if you are willing to wait, it will come eventually. Otherwise, another great option is to order take out!
And remember, if the parking lot is full… try parking across the street where Safeway is. So far, no one has been towed yet.
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