Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sikhye [식헤] and Samgyetang [ 삼계탕]

For this blog post I have done a bit of research ans came up with two things that are popular with Koreans in the summer, and this is also because it is summer there right now. So the two dishes are called Sikhye and Samgaetang.

Have you ever tried sickhye? Sickhye is Korean traditional beverage. It's cool to drink in hot summer and warm to drink in cold winter, too. It's sweet and really delicious. Here's some information of Sikhye

Sikhye (also spelled shikhye or shikeh; also occasionally termed dansul or gamju) is a traditional sweet Korean rice beverage, usually served as a dessert. In addition to its liquid ingredients, sikhye also contains grains of cooked rice, and in some cases pine nuts.


Sikhye is made by pouring malt water onto cooked rice. The malt water steeps in the rice at typically 150 degrees Fahrenheit until grains of rice appear on the surface. The liquid is then carefully poured out, leaving the rougher parts, and boiled with sugar. Ginger or jujube are often added for additional flavor. It is served chilled. In South Korea and in Korean grocery stores wherever Korean communities are found, sikhye is readily available in cans or plastic bottles. One of the largest South Korean producers of sikhye is the Vilac company of Busan. Atypical of most canned beverages, each can has a residue of cooked rice at the bottom. Homemade sikhye is often served after a meal in a Korean restaurant.

Have you ever heard of Samgyetang? Koreans enjoy Sangyetang in the hot summer, because it gives people energy. It's said to be very delicious and very good for health [ I think it is becasue ginseng is added]

Samgyetang, or chicken stew, is favorite food for Koreans in the summer. An entire chicken is stuffed with garlic, ginseng, rice, and jujubes, and then boiled to make a hot delicious stew. Samgyetang is said to be a good remedy for fatigue, which is why Koreans like to eat it in the summer. Of course, Koreans aren't the only people who eat chicken stew. In the West, they eat chicken soup, which is a little different from samgaetang. The chicken is not put in whole, but in slices. Sometimes noodles and rice are also added to the soup. This chicken soup has been considered to be the perfect food that would energize them and help then bear the freezing cold.

I hope that you guys enjoyed that and I will try to come back and post soon.

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