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One morning in Fortuna, Costa Rica, I asked my travel agent to find shuttle bus tickets for Quepos. He called a shuttle bus company and said all the tickets were sold out for the day. So I had to book tickets for the next day. Consequently I had a whole free day.
What shall I do? Hmm, a few seconds later, an exciting idea came up in my mind. How about cooking some Korean food for my friends I made there? Ooh whoo, it made me very excited! Then what shall I make without using special Korean ingredients? The recipe should be very easy! Yes! I had some leftover rice in my backpack from making gimbap lunch box the other day. Dakjuk! Yes, yes! Yayee! Let’s go to the supermarket!
I picked up a whole chicken, garlic, watermelon, and some other fresh vegetables and seasoning sauce to make Korean style salad (geotjeori); chicken soup for main dish, geotjeori for side dish, and watermelon for dessert! Oh my! Fuji mama! Perfect! : )
Do I have any memories about dakjuk? Are you joking to me? Lol yes, of course I do! I can’t forget watching my late grand mother (father side) killing a chicken. The chicken was running around her yard just before it got killed! My grand mother was kind of a tough woman. She picked one chicken among the dozens of her chickens running and playing in her yard.
I watched her twisting its neck and waiting until it died. Then she put the chicken in hot water to remove all its feathers, and cut its stomach with a knife and took out all guts! It sounds horrible, but I never felt scared or disgusted at the time. Even though I felt sorry for the chicken, I remember, we were going to have delicious dakjuk soon for dinner, that’s all I was dreaming. When the chicken was boiling with lots of garlic, the smell spread in the village!
Her chickens were her live food resources just like her vegetables grown in her patch! : )
In Korea, sons-in-law are treated very well by their mothers-in-law. So when a son-in-law visits his mother-in-law’s house, he will expect her to cook chicken to welcome him. These days the custom may be changing.
My dakjuk in Costa Rica turned out great! All of my friends enjoyed the soup. They liked my geotjeori, too.
When you have many unexpected visitors, make dakjuk. You can feed so many people! If you want to add more side dishes, I recommend vegetable pancake or green onion (or Asian chives) pancake. What else? Of course don’t forget to serve kimchi.
Yield: 8-10 servings
Cooking time: 2 hours
A whole chicken (about 3 pounds), 1½ cups of garlic cloves, 1½ cups of rice, 2 eggs, 3 green onions, salt, water.
Ok, now time to serve!
Take the chicken out of the pot, transfer to a large plate, and put it on the table to serve.
Make 2 kinds of dipping sauce:
Now back to the chicken soup!
Your chicken soup (or porridge) is ready! Turn the heat off and serve.
Posted Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Tagged: Asian cuisine, chicken dish, chicken soup, Congee, 닭죽, Food and drink, Fortuna, gapshida, jook, juk, korean food, korean porridge, Korean recipes, live food resources, travel agent, Video recipes, Youtube recipes
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