Recently, I had a cold that wasn’t going away. So I decided to take seek out one of the best Korean foods to eat when sick and headed to one of my favorite old restaurants in Myeongdong, Seoul. Right in the heart of the busy downtown area is a restaurant that’s been around for 43 years, and they serve only one dish: Korean-style chicken soup, samgyetang (삼계탕).
One of the best samgyetang restaurants in Seoul is this veteran establishment. The average life span of restaurants in Seoul doesn’t pass 6 months, so to have a restaurant in the middle of expensive Myeongdong, Baekjae Samgyetang is doing something right. Their specality is the Black Chicken Samgyetang, which uses high quality and natural chicken raised domestically. They also have an option for the rare and highly sought after wild Korean ginseng, which has been sought in Asia for centuries for its healing properties. Here, you can choose between regular chicken vs black chicken and wild ginseng vs farm ginseng. All of the dishes use this restaurant’s recipe of traditional Korean medicinal herbs. Also, each order comes with a shot of ginseng alcohol, meant to raise a person’s body temperature.
Tip: Their specialty is the black chicken with wild ginseng (25,000 won).
Baekjae Samgyetang (백제 삼계탕)
Address: Seoul, Jung-gu, Myeongdong-2-ga 50-11 (서울 중구 명동2가 50-11) – Click for Google Maps
Price: 15,000 won to 25,000 won per dish
Phone number: 02-776-3267
For those who are familiar with the Ying-Yang concept f0r foods, Samgyetang is a “heaty” food, which raises the body temperature. Many Koreans eat this when sick (because it’s chicken soup!), but they also eat it to prevent sickness as well. We recommend this dish for travelers that are sick, tired from shopping or jet lagged. Of course, if you’re perfectly fine, you can still enjoy this dish 🙂
Check out some other Korean foods you should eat when sick.
Korean’s eat Samgyetang on the three hottest days of the year, boknal (삼복), usually falling some time between July and August (July 18, 2014; July 28, 2014; August 7th, 2014). On those days, you will see long lines at samgyetang restaurants across the country. Koreans believe eating this dish will revitalize a person from the hot summer days.
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