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Visting Seoul Oct, 09 – a Dinner and a Recipe by Guess

Korean Whole Chicken in Soup

A Dinner in Dongdaemun Market

It was not yet 6pm and both of our tummies (husband and I) had not shouted for foods. The best thing was we were still in good shape though after the three and a half hour flight from Hong Kong to Seoul. So first decision was, we should have the luxury to travel on our feet a bit farther for dinner.

Leaving our hotel at Dongdaemun Stadium and heading to the north for about 10 minutes, we crossed Cheonggyecheon, the three-mile stream bisecting the core part of Seoul, and arrived at the outskirt of the Dongdaemun (Great East Gate) Market.

Visting Seoul - Cheonggyecheon

We were then led by neon lights and limited English signage to enter one of the food streets, seemingly the main food street in the Market, and attracted to a dinning house which appeared to be the most popular.

Visting Seoul-Jin Ok Hwa Shop

Speaking no Korean, I show up two fingers to the waitress standing near the entrance. Immediately, that gesture triggered her response, she nodded and took us upstairs where first came to our sights were rows of low tables (top picture). Without asking and any hesitation, the lady seated us to the other side with regular dinning chairs. Apparently, we looked foreign.

Then, looked like all came by default (as we had not ordered yet) another waitress brought to us one whole chicken in a basin of soup together with a tray containing a scissor, a tong, a small plate of grated garlic, one dish each of kimchi and Korean rice cake. The soup was then heated up on a built-in table stove.

Korean Whole Chicken in Soup

And there were many bottles of sauces already sitting on the table.

Korean Whole Chicken in Soup

Excuse me for not picturing the details as we were pretty engaged with our dinner but I am going to put down below how we had enjoyed the dinner. Probably this warm meal (actually became a hot one toward the end) could easily be adapted for cooking in our kitchens and good to be served particularly during cold season.

  • We had in the soup:
  • One whole chicken
  • Meat broth
  • Cabbage kimchi
  • One sprig of leek, sliced
  • One potato, peeled and sliced

Korean Whole Chicken in Soup
Korean Whole Chicken in Soup

  • While the soup was boiling, we added in the kimchi, grated garlic, Korean rice cakes and cut up the chicken. Probably, the chicken was processed before (I am not only saying that it was cleaned and with giblets removed but seemed that it had already been cooked or steamed somehow) thereby scissoring it into chunks and pieces was fairly easy. Next, just fun and simple, we prepared a dipping sauce according to our own preference by mixing with what were available on the table:
  • Korean chili paste
  • Mustard
  • White vinegar
  • Soy sauce

Shortly after the soup was boiled for about five minutes, the chicken and rice cakes were done. We then enjoyed them with our self-mixed dipping sauce. Be honest with you, those pieces of chickens were good, but what made me missed the dinner was the rice cakes. They had just taken on the flavors of all other ingredients!

Although I have got no record of their address in English, there was one logo I could read inside the shop, that is, ‘Jin Ok Hwa Orignal Chicken Restaurant’.

Visting Seoul-Jin Ok Hwa Shop

To confess, we knew how to deal with the chicken and the sauces was simply because we had once tried such a meal in Seoul before. Yet this was the first time we took a picture on the gate of Dongdaemun Market at night.

Visting Seoul-Jin Ok Hwa Shop

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  1. KennyT

    It looks like a fun and busy dinner, hahahahaha.

    I love Korean rice cakes!!!

    I think that it’s not very convenient to travel in Korea because most of the signage is in Korean.

  2. TasteHongKong

    @Kenny, Seems that there are an increasingly number of tourists from China, so maybe we shall see more signage with Chinese.

  3. Divina

    What a lovely dish and thanks for the tour. This would be helpful when I visit Seoul…one day.

  4. penny aka jeroxie

    Korea is one of the places that I intend to go back! It is one of those places that do not really change but do. I love kimchi!

  5. TasteHongKong

    @Divina, Apart from their foods, Korea to me is also a good place to see the Sakura during Easter and red leaves during autumn. Hope you will soon take your trip to Korea and … drop by Hong Kong :).
    @Penny, Tell you what, I had actually finished 3 dishes of kimchi in this dinner.

  6. MaryMoh

    Korea has a big place in my heart. I love the beautiful sceneries, heritage, people and the food. I hope to go back again one day. Each time I eat Korean food, it brings back rich memories of my friends there and the lovely time that we had.

  7. Shelly

    Sounds like a fun trip! I’ve never been to Korea before but it’s on my list to visit!

  8. kbro

    Just found your site and enjoyed looking thru it. I got to spend a week in Hong Kong alone last year and must say ~ I love that city!! Wow. What a place. I was spending 3 weeks in Taiwan visiting my brother and his family with my mother and grandmother, and skipped out for Hong Kong by myself to save my sanity (left the elders with my bro – it was his turn). Was back to Taiwan just in time for New Years. I can’t wait to take my husband there, we will do some serious food exploring! I just got a MTR, or is it MRT? pass and jumped on the train. Then I would just get off and explore. Had the time of my life and did exactly what I wanted to do.

  9. Patty

    Thanks for sharing your meal experience with us! I haven’t been back to Korea in a long while (over 10 years), but your imagery and descriptions take me right back. Also, they are making me salivate as I would do just about anything to have some fall-of-the-bone chicken and some kimchi!

  10. TasteHongKong

    @Mary, Shelly, Patty,
    Looks like we are all positive about Korea : ).
    @kbro, Thanks, our subway system is called MTR. Maybe you might also want to experience a tour on the tram which runs on the HK Island next time . Enjoy.