Tosokchon Samgyetang, is one of Seoul’s iconic restaurants. Most tourists will have this on their to-go list. It is usually paired with a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace because the venues are very near to each other. According to many bloggers, Tosokchon serves the best Samgyetang (삼계탕), ginseng chicken soup!
It was a rainy day and we had a terrible experience at Gyeongbokgung Palace. It was just pouring and we had to quickly breeze through the place to get it done and over with. We were glad that we had Tosokchon to look forward to! After exiting the Palace, we headed directly to Tosokchon for a warm hearty bowl of ginseng soup 🙂
We arrived the restaurant at 3pm and there was no queue. If I’m not mistaken there’s usually a long queue during lunch and dinner hours. However, the queue should move pretty quickly as there are a whopping 420 seats throughout the restaurant!
As we entered the restaurant, we were promptly brought to the back end of the restaurant where we were seated. There are many sections to this restaurant including an area where you can sit on floor and dine as well as a private dining area.
There were 4 variations of their ginseng chicken soup with the difference of upgrading to black chicken or upgrading to a better ginseng root. We chose to have the original samgyetang for ₩15,000.
On the menu, there is a guide that teaches you how to eat Tosokchon Samgyetang. A great way to understand their eating culture. It was actually quite useful to me 😛
On the table, I noticed a small cup of beverage and Miss M told me it’s probably ginseng liqour. I took a whiff and the alcohol smell was pretty strong.
Our samgyetang arrived and it looked so good! I could immediately smell the fragrance of the broth. One of the reasons why their chicken soup is so popular is because they use chicken collagen for the soup base. The result is a slightly thickened broth with amazing flavours. The chicken is also stuffed with glutinous rice and a wonderful ginseng root.
Miss M and I shared one portion because we have small tummies and we have frequent meals and snacks throughout the day. But if you’re a big eater, it is definitely recommended to order one each.
At the end, the bowl was empty and we were both super satisfied with our happy bellies. A perfect meal for a cold rainy day.
After experiencing Tosokchon Samgyetang for ourselves, it is definitely a must-try for everyone that visits Seoul.
The foodie adventure continues!
*All these incredible pictures were taken with Miss M’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. iPhone you need to step it up!