Mention Tosokchon and the locals will delightfully direct you there.
Often frequented by the late Presiden Roh Moo-hyun and locals alike, Tosokchon is the place to be for a steaming hot earthen bowl of Ginseng Chicken. Known for its famous Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken), Tosokchon’s Samgyetang is gloriously stuffed with glutinous rice, gingko nuts, ginseng, garlic, jujube and 30 different types of herbs and grains.
Both gNOMes made it to Tosokchon at around 12 noon after finishing the Gyeongbokgung Palace tour and was greeted with a rather long queue. Unable to withstand hunger, both gNOMes decided to have lunch elsewhere and come back for Tosokchon around tea time. The restaurant is tucked in a hanok which stood out amongst the modern buildings in the neighbourhood.
What a beautiful Korean restaurant. Gives one the feeling of having their Ginseng Chicken at home.
Once you are ushered to your table, the waitress will place a small cup of refreshing yet heavy brew of ginseng tea. Sweet, yet bitter and might be too overpowering for some.
On the house home made ginseng tea + Korean tea.
Black Chicken Stew With Ginseng (₩ 22,000). Black ‘kampung’ chicken stuffed with glutinous rice, gingko nuts, ginseng, garlic, jujube and 30 different types of herbs and grains. Very tender and aromatic chicken ginseng stew, perfect for rainy days or as any man’s comfort food. Very flavourful ginseng soup, yet not too overwhelming. Dig into the glutinous rice and the never ending flow of kimchi, this meal is sure to please one’s appetite and cravings.
Chicken Stew With Ginseng (₩ 15,000). An alternative to the stew above whereby this dish uses normal chicken instead. Stuffings and fillings are the same, soup based, to both gNOMes palates, are the likewise as well. A hot pot of aromatic, very tender chicken stew to warm the stomach. Very palatable indeed.
Verdict : Both gNOMes were Tosokchon-ed. How can one say no to a steaming pot of aromatic ginseng chicken stew? Chicken was very tender, the meat literally fell off the bones. Ginseng stew soup was rich in flavour, and gave a warmth & soothing aftermath after consumption. The restaurant sits up to 420 people at one go. Come around 10-ish or 3-ish to avoid the long and hungry lunch queue. Both gNOMes left with warmer bodies and full stomachs, ready for the next adventure. 🙂
How to get there :
Address : 5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul / 서울 종로구 자하문로5길 5 (체부동)
Contact Number : +82-2-737-7444
Opening Hours : Open all year round