after our visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace we had our lunch at Tosokchon which serves the best Samgyetang (Chicken Ginseng Soup) in Seoul. We just walked from the palace to Tosokchon.
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm daily
Located near Gyeongbokgung Station, the restaurant was also frequented by late President Roh Moo-hyun.
We arrived around past 1 and hungry obviously. haha. Luckily the lunch rush was over and that’s why there’s no line anymore. I had read in other blog posts there is always a line when they arrived but we we got there the place was still full with customers.
Apart from the food, you also get to enjoy the dining experience in a Hanok. Dining areas are divided into rooms with a few tables. Guests are to remove their shoes before entering and the dining will be at the low lying tables. There is no chair, just cushions on the floor.
Here is the menu.
We ordered the Tosokchon Samgyetang (w16,000) and Haemul Pajeon (w15,000)
The menu also has instructions on how to eat Tosokchon Samgyetang!
Ginseng Chicken Soup, or otherwise known as Samgyetang (삼계탕), is one of the most well known Korean dishes. It’s prepared by boiling a whole young chicken that is stuffed with glutinous rice in a broth of Korean Ginseng. Other herbs and spices such as jujube fruits, gingko nuts, garlic, ginger, wolfberry and Danggui (or otherwise known as Angelic Sinensis) or other medicinal herbs may also be added.
This place is definitely a must visit when you’re in South Korea.