Type Guk
Place of origin Korea
Serving temperature Warm
Main ingredients Chicken, Korean ginseng
Cookbook: Samgyetang  Media: Samgyetang
Hangul 삼계탕 / 계삼탕
Hanja / 鷄蔘湯
Revised Romanization samgyetang / gyesamtang
McCune–Reischauer samgyet'ang / kyesamt'ang

Samgyetang (Korean pronunciation: [sʰamɡjetʰaŋ]; Hangul: 삼계탕) means ginseng (kor. insam) - chicken (kor. gye) - soup (kor. tang). It consists primarily of a whole young chicken (poussin) - filled with garlic and rice -, scallion and spices, among them jujube and Korean ginseng.[1]


Samgyetang is a warm soup for hot summer days. It is especially popular to eat this chicken soup on sambok (삼복) days, which are three distinct days of the lunar calendar — Chobok (초복), Jungbok (중복), and Malbok (말복) - which are commonly among the hottest summer and most sultry days in Korea.[1][2] It is believed to eat the soup threetimes in this period is good for your health.

Some specialty restaurants in South Korea serve nothing but samgyetang, having gained local popularity through their special recipes for the dish, which are often kept as secrets. The dish is sometimes accompanied by a small complimentary bottle of insamju (ginseng wine) in certain restaurants.[3][4]


In Cantonese, it is translated as yan sum gai tong. In Chinese culture, similar to Korean culture, this soup is believed to prevent illness. The one main difference is that in Chinese culture, ginseng is not consumed when one is sick because the ginseng is believed to trap the sickness within the person.[5]

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  1. 1 2 Hyosun Ro. "Samgyetang (Ginseng Chicken Soup)". Korean Bapsang. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
  2. (Korean) Boknal at Encyclopedia of Korean Culture
  3. (Korean) Taste, this taste, Sports Khan, 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  4. (Korean) Nutritious foods of summer and wine, Maekyung, 2009-07-07.Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  5. Chan, Derek (January 14, 2012). "Samgyetang: Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup". Retrieved 15 November 2014.
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