Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup)

It may surprise you to know that Samgyetang, the ubiquitous Korean chicken ginseng soup, is a dish eaten in the height of summer. You'd think it was a dish usually tucked in during winter, as a comforting way to warm up the soul. But, the Orientals do it differently, and just like how you drink warm water to counter the heat of chilli, the Koreans combat the Summer heat with "heaty" foods like Korean ginseng and hot soup to help cool you down by sweating you out. It's a topsy turvy world, this traditional Chinese thing, but it works! 

Ingredients (feeds 2):
1 cornish game hens (no bigger than 700gm, which will feed 2 persons) (you can get this at Culina)
6 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
1 medium onion, peeled and left whole
1 whole dried Korean ginseng
3 jujube dates
3 gingko nuts
1 cup Korean glutinous rice, soaked in water overnight but uncooked
7 cups water
2 cups chicken stock

1) Stuff hens with 3 garlic and rice.

2) Boil with onion, ginseng, jujube, gingko nuts, and 3 garlic, in water and stock, for 1 hour, or until fall-off-the-bone.

3) Season with salt and white pepper.

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