One special Korean dish not to me missed while visiting Seoul or anywhere on the peninsula is samgyetang. A healthful boiling joyful boiling pot of goodness, this Korean version of chicken soup has a small chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng (insam), dates (daechu, or jujebes), chestnuts and other wild herbs.

On a chilly fall night, Korean food warms the belly and the soul, and this dish is no exception. Samgyetang is difficult to find in North America, so take advantage of it during your travel to Korea.

  Two places I recommend:

Hangbang Samgyetang: in Mapo-gu, Gusu-dong, tel. 02-323-9933. There is also a branch in Bonsa, Gyeonggi-do 02-465-3999. They use local organic (well being) ingredients.

Toseokcheon: A classic near Gyeongbukgung. Large jars of massive ginseng greet you. 02-737-7444.

if you could smell it, you'd be this happy too. Samgyetang is the best!

if you could smell it, you'd be this happy too. Samgyetang is the best!


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Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009 his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). During 2013 and 2014, he lived and worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as an associate director with a leading public relations firm within Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.