Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SamGyeTang - Ginseng Chicken Soup

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Still in hibernation mode. Although, my body is being put through a far-too-temperamental hot and cold weather in Los Angeles. One day I'm wearing t-shirt and shorts and the next I'm looking like an eskimo. Signs of Global Warming I tell you! So yea, I'm storing up some flubber for the harsh winters of LA okay? I get to eat whatever I want. And here's an article making me feel better about. (even if I'm not 75...)

Eat Whatever You Want After 75
Researchers from University of Alabama and Penn State followed 449 people over the age 75+ and categorized them into three classes according to their diet. Those who are heath nuts (diet of whole grains, fish and nuts), sweet toothed (dairy and cookies!) and fast food junkies...the American diet :(.

Apparently, they found that no matter was in their diet, there was no relation to increased cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even death. Although there was a higher risk of hypertension for cookie munchers.

But do eat healthy guys... I ALWAYS promote healthy eating. If not for the leering death, the good feeling and clear skin you get from consuming less sugar. So chew wisely... with occasional indulgences :)
Penn State via Gizmodo

Here's a winter recipe to warm you down to pits of your stomachs!

Sam Gye Tang 삼계탕 - Ginseng Chicken Soup
Serves 4

8 dried dates
7 (3oz) chestnuts peeled
1 cup glutinous rice
2 garlic bulbs peeled
1 White or Red Ginseng
1/2 tbsp salt

4lb organic chicken (each person 1 lb)

  1. Soak glutinous rice first for about 2 hours.
  2. Prep the stuffing: peel and leave garlic cloves whole. I got a bag of chestnuts that already come peeled and boiled (the ones you eat as snacks).
  3. Wash and gut chicken properly and rub with salt and rinse well. Now you can stuff it with the dates first (3-4), then 2 handfuls of glutinous rice, handful of garlic cloves, and about 5 chestnuts (depending on their size). You won't be able to stuff all the ingredients in, but we can use those later. 
  4. Stitch up the hole using toothpicks or any other method to ensure they don't fall out when cooking. At the neck region, you can put some dates and garlic too and then stitch that up.
  5. In a pot large enough to cover the chicken, bring to boil about 5-6 cups or halfway up the pot. Place the chicken in when it boils and put in 1/2 tbsp salt. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for 1 hour.


  1. What an interesting and unique recipe. Looks very wholesome and healthy ... but still hearty and comforting and tasty.

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