A Sunny Saturday: Samgyetang and a Shrine

Last Saturday, we decided to take advantage of the cold but sunny weather and headed out to a few of the things on our “want to do” list. First up: the venerable Tosokchon restaurant near Gyeongbokgung station, which serves up samgyetang. Samgyetang is a mild soup that contains a whole young chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, jujubes, and a few other spices and ingredients. The restaurant had a line out the door, but it moved quickly, and a young girl in a hanbok came out and gave everyone in line face masks as a thank-you for waiting.


Once seated, we ordered promptly (regular samgyetang for me, samgyetang with black chicken for Domingos), and the soup arrived shortly thereafter. Both were good; I couldn’t tell much of a taste difference between the white and black chicken.


You also get a small cup of ginseng wine with the soup; I added mine to the broth to enhance the flavor. I have to admit, it was a lot of work to get the chicken off the bone, especially since the other couple at our table had possession of the one discard pail on the table, but the soup was tasty and satisfying.

Next, we headed to Jongmyo Shrine. There are no tours on Saturdays, which meant we couldn’t go inside the Shrine, but it also meant that there were almost no crowds, and we had a very pleasant stroll around all the buildings on the property. IMG_0491 IMG_0492 IMG_0505 IMG_0507

Finally, we walked from Jongmyo to Jeon’s Coffee House, which we visited a few weeks ago. It was only about a 10-15 minute walk, and this time I got a decent shot of the barista preparing coffee.


I had a latte this time, which was excellent, and Domingos had the same Winter Blend he had on the first visit.

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