I have been taking a Korean cooking class for the past few weeks and I love it! Our teacher, Sunok, is so sweet and she’s an amazing cook. I’ve also been having a great time with the other wives that take the class.
A few weeks ago Sunok invited us to her parents house in the countryside for a special class. We were going to learn how to make samgyetang (삼계탕), which is a soup made from chicken and ginseng. Sunok’s parents even supplied chickens for the meal, and many of the ingredients were fresh from their garden.
Sunok is such an artist when she cooks. She is all about presentation. We arrived to her parents house to find that she’d already laid out the day’s ingredients beautifully.
To cook samgyetang, you just stuff ginseng, garlic, sun dried jujube (red date berries) and other various roots into a small chicken, along with rice and chestnuts. Then, you let it cook for an hour or so.
After we prepped all of our ingredients, we took them to the outdoor stove.
Sunok’s parents were so helpful.
After we started cooking the soup, we moved on to making some Korean pancakes called jeon. We made green onion pancakes (pajeon/파전), and kimchi jeon (김치전). Everyone got to take a turn making one. They were so good that we ate them almost as quickly as we could make them!
We still had time to spare before our soup was ready so we spent some time playing.
Even though the soup took a long time to cook, it was well worth the wait. Yum!
If you liked to join us for a class, please join our Korean Cooking Classes in Ulsan facebook group.