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Gamja-tang, a Healthy Dish

Gamja-tang is a typical Korean soup made by boiling vegetable, fish and meat together in water. If you feel tired, then you should try Gamja-tang, which isnot only delicious, it is also said to have healthy properties.

The recipe for making Gamja-tang is as follows: boil pork ribs in water for about 2 hours and then add potatoes, Doenjang, garlic, red pepper and green onion.    Once all those ingredients are added,bring the casserole back to a boil. Themeat and potatoes get the flavor of the numerous spices, making of the Gamja-tang a particularly tasty dish.

Gamja-tang originates from the Shilla Kingdom (57BC935AD) where people would boil pork bones to treat the sick and the elderly. This soup is rich in proteins, calcium and Vitamin B1 (from the pork bones).    It is said to help children's growth and to be a stamina food recommended to men and a dish low in calories beneficial to women. Gamja-tang is believed to prevent aging and also snoring in older people. Koreans say that Gamja-tang can also cure all of the following ailments: pimples, freckles, liver spots and other skin troubles.    According to oriental medicine, thanks to its combination of ingredients this dish can protect you from liver complaints and anemia.

If you have had the chance to travel for some time in South-East Asia or India, maybe you do not like this soup due to its peculiar and strong pork smell. Though you should not worry too much about it: as garlic and ginger are used for the Gamja-tang, giving it a very special taste.    If you like perilla seeds (An annual Asian plant (Perilla frutescens), which is widely cultivated as an ornament and for its oily seeds) you can add some before eating, thus giving a more delicate flavor to the dish and taking away the greasy taste of the pork.

Shigol Gamja-tang

Shigol Gamja-tang was the second store opened in the famous Eung-am-dong Gamja-tang street. The owner has remained the same for 11 years and its cuisine therefore has not changed a bit.    Shigol Gamja-tang counts many regulars amongst its customers.
This restaurant has its very own way of making Gamja-tang, by boiling the bones twice, thus making the meat even tender.
Gamja-tang (small portion) 14,000won, Gamja-tang (medium portion) 17,000won, Gamja-tang (large portion) 20,000won.

How to get there get off at line 6 Saejeol station. exit 2, behind the Daerim Market.
Opening hours 24 hours a day (no holidays)
Tel 02-302-8484

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