Samgyetang Recipe (Korean Chicken Soup with Ginseng & Sticky Rice Stuffing)

recipe samgyetang korean chicken ginseng soup recipe sweet rice stuffing

Samgyetang Soup (Korean Chicken Soup with Ginseng & Sticky Rice Stuffing)

Korean Chicken and Ginseng Soup Samgyetang Recipe. Samgyetang is an ancient Korean variety of  soup, that  consists of a whole junvenile chicken and ginseng root. Samgyetang soup is special even more because the chicken cavity filled with a mixture of sticky rice or sweet glutinous rice along with other korean medicinal herbs. The sweet rice stuffed baby chicken then boiled in broth containing extra ginseng root, bulb of garlic and traditional herbs. Samgyetang itself literally translates as “‘ginseng chicken soup” in English. Samgyetang is traditionally served in the summer and considered as a body tonic which replace the body liquid due to excessive sweating during  hot summers in Korea, beside it’s provide nutritional and medicinal values.

samgyetang recipe korean ginseng baby chicken soup stuffed with sweet rice

Korean Samgyetang Chicken Soup with Ginseng & Stuffed with Sticky Rice

I love samgyetang, my first and only experienced eaten samgyetang soup is on Bibigo Korean restaurant, Pacific Place Jakarta. My friend told me that Bibigo Restaurant is quite authentic within the acquired korean taste. The samgyetang soup was tagged for about 15 USD exclude the taxes and service charges. The presentation is pretty simple, the stuffed chicken sinking in round metal bowl and then topped with chopped scallion. Samgyetang broth is still boiling hot, and what’s surprise me is they using young ginseng root instead of old ginseng that used to be added in chinese herbal soup.

korean samgyetang soup baby chicken ginseng recipe stuffed sweet rice

Korean Chicken with Ginseng Soup (Samgyetang)

Authentic Korean samgyetang soup got intens ginseng root flavour, which is resemble of bitter parnish or green mustard. My friend also told me that Korean people even used to eaten the young ginseng root as a vegetable. Well, actually i personally didn’t really like the bitter after taste of ginseng root that overpowering the natural sweetness of the chicken meat, that’s why i use a tiny little  ginseng for my samgyetang soup. A little bitter hint of ginseng root on chicken soup will be pleasant for my licking.

ginseng root soup recipe

Ginseng Root for Making Samgyetang

baby chicken soup recipe samgyetang

Baby Kampong Chicken

Best Korean samgyetang sup using a young baby chicken or cornish hen, but i’m using junvenile kampong chicken weighed about 300 grams. Kampong chicken or Malay Chicken is a tougher meat than many other breeds, but kampong chicken considered a premium by people living in urban areas and costs more in supermarkets and wet markets than conventionally raised broiler chickens, due to its supposedly better flavour. Young kampung chicken needed longer time to tenderized compare to the cornish hen, this provide a sufficent time to cooked throught the sweet rice stuffing without overcooked the chicken.

Sticky rice stuffed chicken recipe samgyetang korean ginseng chicken herbal soup

Sticky Rice Stuffed Baby Chicken Soup with Ginger Root, Jujubes and Goji Beries

korean chicken ginseng soup samgyetang sticky rice stuffed glutinous rice ginseng red dates

Korean Samgyetang Stuffing: Sticky Rice, Ginseng Root, Garlic, Ginger, Red Dates, Sliced Abalone*optional

Samgyetang or Korean baby chicken and ginseng soup is stuffed with glutinous or sweet sticky rice. Actually it’s not only using sweet rice, but its a mixture of whole cloves of garlic, sliced ginger, and dried seeded red dates or red jujube. Depending on the recipe, other medicinal herbs such as Astragalus propinquus (hwanggi), wolfberry or goji berry (gugija), Codonopsis pilosula (dangsam), and Angelica sinensis (danggwi) may also be added. I also add some thinly sliced Rehydrated Dried Abalone within the sweet stuffing. The abalone is actually almost forgotton rehydrated abalone in my freezer that supposed to be added into my Buddha Jump Over The Wall Soup. Another important tips for making samgyetang is Do Not Over Stuffing  the chicken cavity because the sweet rice is tend to be expanded once it cooked and it’s will explode if you overfilled the chicken cavity.

recipe korean ginseng chicken soup samgyetang stuffed sweet sticky rice

Korean Ginseng and Chicken Soup,  Stuffed with Sweet Sticky Rice

Best sticky rice stuffed chicken and ginseng soup or Korean samgyetang soup recipe need tasty and delicious broth for making it. Even the autentic samgyetang recipe using nothing flavoured stock but tab water for boiling the stuffed chicken. Well, actually i prefer healthy and tasty  into my daily dish term. You know, healthy food is sometimes didn’t take place in our society simply because it’s mostly taste like a crap. I recommended using Homemade Superior Stock or Homemade Roasted Bone Stock for making samgyetang, then you didn’t need to add any artifisial flavoured into it. Beside the broth, I also add two  3×3 inches pieces if konbu or japanese seaweed that used to make dashi or japanese stock. Konbu brings umami hint that blended well with dripping juices from the kampong chicken along the bitter hint of ginseng root.

samgyetang korean baby chicken ginseng soup

Samgyetang Korean Baby Chicken Soup with Ginseng Root

recipe samgyetang sweet rice stuffed chicken soup with ginseng red dates jujube herbs

Korean Samgyetang Soup

Samgyetang soup is a very healthy meals, if you want to trimmed some of your belly fat, i guess this is the perfect recipe for your diet. Samgyetang is high in nutritional values, the lean chicken is rich in protein and essential amino acids but it’s low in calories.  It is no wonder that samgyetang is an unrivaled healthy food, but i didn’t have any reason why it’s usually consumed during the hottest day of summer and once the person is sick, but n0t in the coldy winter. Not very scientific reason but Korean people belive that  blood flow increases near the skin and decreases in the internal organs during the hotters days of summer. This condition leading to cooling of the internal organs and reducing appetite and energy. Incontrary to common believes, eating a hot dish like samgyetang can facilitate blood flow in the internal organs and recovering the appetite and energy. Samgyetang soup and ginseng also lowers body heat by emitting sweat.

Samgyetang Korean Chicken and Ginseng Soup Recipe

Samgyetang Korean Chicken and Ginseng Soup Recipe

Samgyetang Korean Chicken and Ginseng Soup Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 small chicken (baby chicken or cornish hen)
  • 1/4 cup of sweet glutinous rice
  • 2 small ginseng roots (1 for broth , 1 for stuffing)
  • 2 cloves of garlic for stuffing +1 bulb for broth
  • 1 stalk of scallion or green onions
  • 6 red dates or red jujubes
  • 1 tbsp wolf berries or goji berries
  • 1 dried chinese mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 abalone for stuffing, thinly slice*optional
  • 2 pieces (3×3″) of konbu/seaweed*optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 cups of water (Homemade Superior Stock or Homemade Roasted Bone Stock)

How to Make Korean Samgyetang Soup Recipe:

  • In a large metal pot, bring 6 cups of water or stock to boil
  • Add the konbu, scallion, chinese mushrooms, 1/2 tbsp wolf berries,1 bulb of garlic plus 1 ginseng root into the pot
  • Simmer the broth for about 30 minutes, set aside
  • Wash and rinse your chicken in cold running water
  • Season and rub the chicken all over with salt and pepper, set aside
  • Soak 1/4 cup of sweet rice for about 1 hour, drained
  • In a glass bowl, combine the sweet sticky rice, 3 jujubes, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 tbsp goji berries and thinly sliced abalone
  • Stuff the chicken cavity with the sweet rice mixture, DO NOT OVER STUFFING IT!!!
Samgyetang recipe korean chicken soup ginseng stuffed sticky rice red dates

Stuffed Chicken with Sticky Rice Mixture

  • Secure the chicken cavity with 2 bamboo skewer or kitchen twines to prevent the stuffing submerged in the broth during cooking.
Recipe Stuffed chicken soup sticky rice grutinous sweet rice samgyetang soup

Secure the Stuffed Chicken Cavity with Bamboo Skewer

  • Place the stuffed chicken it in a pot. Pour water into the pot until the chicken cavity is completely submerged in broth, boil it over high heat for 20 minutes.
korean chicken ginseng soup samgyetang recipe

Boil Submerged Stuffed Baby Chicken

  • When it starts boiling, skim off any foam and fat that rises to the surface Then pour in more water and boil it over medium heat for 40 minutes.
chicken ginseng soup herbal korean samgyetang recipe

Discard The Floating Foam from the Samgyetang Broth

  • The samgyetang is done when the chicken will be easily pulled apart by chopsticks and the sticky rice is throughy cooked.
  • Serve the samgyetang Soup immediately

You May Also Like (Click!)

abalone porridge recipe korea rice porridge  abalonebuddha jump ovet the wall soup shark fin abalome sea cucumberspring onion pancake japanese recipe scallion chinese pancake

steamed glutinous rice dimsum wrap lotus leaves lo mai gai recipe chinese dimsumDried Scallop Rice Porridge or Chinese Conpoy Congee RecipeBraised abalone oyster sauce recipe CNY chinese new year abalone recipe

resep tinutuan bubur manado vegetable rice porridgechicken wrap betel leaves wrapped vietnamese recipe grilled lolot pepperbraised sea cucumber abalone duck feet web recipe braised duck with haisom

sweet tangy chicken curry recipesmoke roasted chicken recipe roasted chicken honey glaze spicyclaypot chicken mushrooms recipe sea cucumber haisom claypot chicken braised chinese restaurant chicken tofu recipe

lobster miso soup reciperesep ayam pengemis kampung  sincia tahun baru cinbeggar chicken step by stepchicken kebab recipe tomato mint salsa thai dipping sauce recipe

beef rendang recipe resep rendang padangrecipe crab thai green curry hot spicysanma kabayaki recipe japanese pacific saury fish broiled soy sauce

Jeonbokjuk: Korean ABALONE Porridge ala Dentist Chef

abalone porridge recipe korea rice porridge  abalone

Jeonbokjuk: Korean abalone porridge recipe

Jeonbokjuk or jun bokjuk is literary a ‘juk’ or rice porridge with abalone. Authentic version use whole abalone, the muscle and the internal organ of the abalone. This abalone porridge usually served for the patient  that suffreing from illness, elderly, pregnant and especially thr nearly giving birth mom. Instead using the freshor canned abalone that i can’t acess nearby, i using the dried abalone because rice porridge is need a slowcooking method. The dried abalone is stewing in a hot boiling rice until it turns into a soft and smooth rice porridge. When using a dried abalone, you have to prepare or rehydrate the dried abalone first. You can read how to prepare or rehydrate dried abalone from mf previous post Braised Abalone in Superior Stock and Oyster Sauce.

rice porridge with slice abalone recipe dried abalone porridge

Korean abalone porridge : sliced abalone, chicken, pigeon egg and crispy rice cracker

Korean aballone porridge or dried abalone congee is a earty korean rice-based recipe. This rice porridge taste really good is simply because the dried abalone trusted to preserved and concentrate the flavour. Dried  abalone must be rehydrate with soaking in water first, then simmered for hours to break down the protein. Perfect cooked dried abalone should have a consistency when you touch a tip of your nose, but i prefer to gently touch my pointing /index fingertip with my thumb fingertip, then gently with another hand  fingertip, feel the consistency of fleshy area between your thumb and the base of the your palm.

Jeonbokjuk recipe abalone rice porridge korean recipe

Recipe Jeonbokjuk Korean Abalone Porridge with Dried Abalone

Rice congee with abalone recipe considered a delicacy in  Southeast Asia, and East Asia (especially in China, Japan, and Korea). In chinese descent culinary, abalone is one of luxury items that served at least once a year for celebrate wealth during Chinese New Year. Fancy and special celebration like wedding are common occation for abalone dish.

sliced abalone rice porridge recipe korean Jeonbokjuk

Recipe Abalone Porridge: just diggin your spoon into it and slurpp your abalone porridge goodness !

Making abalone porridge is so easy, all the effort is waiting. The slow cooking made the abalone savoury and umami flavour released. The flavour of the dried abalone is superior than the fresh abalone, but the texture is not as crisp as the fresh abalone. I had the fresh abalone before in Jakarta, it cost me around 8 US$  for a tiny lil bowl of rice porridge and 3 thinly sliced abalone. Preety damn expensive for me, but i think it’s worth because the sliced abalone (i guess it’s from fresh) is tender and crisp, like a chicken gizzard. But unfortunately the aromas and the flavour pf the rice porridge is not as good as my jeonbokjuk/ korean rice porridge with sliced abalone

resep abalone bubur abalone korea

For a photo session, i “washed” the sliced abalone with chicken broth !
I guess every restaurand do that too..

Korean Abalone Porridge Jeonbokjuk Recipe:


  • 100 gr prepared/rehydrated dried abalone (you can make this from 70-80 gr dried abalone), slice thinly
  • 150 gr rice, soaked 30 minutes and drained
  • 1/2 deboned kampong/malay chicken breast (similiar with free range chicken)
  • 6 cloves  garlic, bruised, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cm red ginger, bruised
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp, maekgoli/ cloudy korean rice wine (Bataknese descent used to called this tuak in Indonesia)
  • 1 tbsp ganjang/ korean soy sauce( this is very fragrant ingredient, can be substitude with kikkoman)
  • 8 cups chicken/ fish stock
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat up the oil in the wokpan until sizzling hot, quick saute the garlic, shallot and the ginger until slightly browned
  • Add the  prepared dried abalone and chicken breast , continue saute for about 2 minutes
  • Add the rice and continue saute another 3 minutes
  • Add the oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce and season with salt and pepper
  • Pour the chicken stock into the pan, bring  to boil
  • Simmer and continue stirring to prevent the rice sendiment sticking in the bottom of the pan
  • If you like , pour the raw egg just before it serve and cover the pan
  • Serve with the garnish

Garnish for serving:

  • pigeon egg (chicken or quail egg can be the substitude)
  • chopped bird’s eye chillies
  • chopped garlic chieves
  • peyek, indonesian rice fluor cracker with salted anchovies
  • crispy seaweed (couldn’t find this lately)

You May Also Like :

Braised abalone oyster sauce recipe CNY chinese new year abalone recipeTEA SMOKED DUCK RECIPE ZHANGCHA DUCK  HOW TO SMOKE DUCK BREAST DENTIST CHEFbraised sea cucumber abalone duck feet web recipe braised duck with haisom

Salt and Pepper Mantis Shrimp with Crispy & Buttery Cereal or Oatsmantis shrimp recipe black pepper mantis prawnbutter poached lobster recipe poach herbs fennel

spicy chilli crab recipe singapore chilli crabclaypot chicken mushrooms recipe sea cucumber haisom claypot chicken braised chinese restaurant chicken tofu reciperesepi laksa ketam crab curry rice noodle soup malaysian

resep ayam pengemis kampung  sincia tahun baru cinbeggar chicken step by stepduck prosciutto homemade recipe dry cured duck breaststir fry long bean minced meat chicken beef pork sauce

jellyfish salad recipe salad ubur ubur resep koreaikan betutu tim ikan malas tauco resep tim ikan betutu steam ikan betutu taucosteamed glutinous rice dimsum wrap lotus leaves lo mai gai recipe chinese dimsum

pistachio crusted lamb chop lamb rach with spinach feta stuffed lambscallop steamed scallop blackbean tausi sauce glass noodle vermicelli recipeyong tou foo recipe tofu stuffed  fish paste recipe

stew fish maw stuffed minced meat recipe chinese hipioHomemade smoked salmon how to cook make hot smoked salmonstir fry long bean minced meat chicken beef pork sauce

budda jump mover the wall soup recipe buddha delight homemadeszechuan peppercorn lamb skewer resep sate kambingsteamed chicken recipe blackbean tausi tofu

steamed sticky rice chicken recipe how make sticky rice dimsum reciperecipe blackpepper honey venison deerpan seared scallop blackgarlic chilli oil how seared scallop

dumpling recipe chinese dim sum gyoza dimsum potstickerstir fry seitan gluten veggies black bean sauce vegetarian recipesteamed tiger grouper garoupa tausi black bean tofu

recipe Kam Heong female Crabhow to roast a pigeon squab chinese new year reciperice vermicelli crab recipe stir fry blackpepper

budda jump mover the wall soup recipe buddha delight homemadeszechuan peppercorn lamb skewer resep sate kambingsteamed sea scallop black bean how to steaming sea scallop chinese style glass noodle

recipe blackpepper honey venison deersteamed sticky rice chicken recipe how make sticky rice dimsum reciperice vermicelli crab recipe stir fry blackpepper

recipe Kam Heong female Crabstir fry seitan gluten veggies black bean sauce vegetarian recipesteamed tiger grouper garoupa tausi black bean tofu