Friday, November 1, 2013

healthy soup that will surely get you 'healthy'

temperature is finally dropping in los angeles (it's about time!) & it seems like a lot of people around me are feeling under the weather including myself... i would like to introduce you to a soup that will surely get you healthy again! 

about two months ago for my mom's birthday, i decided to make healthy soup "i've been wanting to try but never got to try yet since i didn't have enough time in korea" called 구복탕 (gu-bok-tang)
this soup is definitely a fancy food that is meant to be a health-food
and even though i haven't tried it yet, the concept was simple -- you just put all the ingredients that are known to be 'healthy' in the soup & the harmony of all the fresh seafood, poultry & herbs should do your body good!

because i wanted to cook something special & healthy for my parents, i decided to give it a go and make something similar even though i had no idea what it tastes like + no internet source had a real recipe for this (sigh...)
actual definition of 구복탕 (gu-bok-tang) is nine-luck-soup or soup with at least nine ingredients that are good for your body
as i said, there is no one recipe & the restaurant that is famous for this soup also seems to use whatever is fresh & available during that season
but the soup seems to contain mix of these: korean silky fowl (오골계), korean chicken (토종닭), abalones (전복), octopus (문어), conch (소라), beef rib (소갈비),  korean black pig (흙돼지 수육), black garlic (흑마늘), ginseng & other herbs (인삼), jujube (대추) and so on...

[prepping all the ingredients]

based on what was fresh from the market that day, i decided to use whole chicken, abalones, mini octopus, giant clams, shrimps, chestnuts, mushrooms, samgyetang package (which is just an easy option to purchase ginseng, jujube and other herbs all-in-one), garlic, radish & green onions

i personally never tried to prep some of the seafood myself until that day, so i did get some help from mom & internet to clean them 

[time to make the soup!]

for the soup, you don't need too much since you will be getting a nice broth out of all your healthy ingredients!

 at first, i kept it simple with the samgyetang package, radish, jujube, garlic, chestnuts and of course, whole chicken to get the soup base...pretty much how you would make samgyetang, except you don't stuff the chicken! so boil...boil...boil.......................
then, i added abalones to the soup before switching pots

[once you have the soup ready, then transfer everything into a nice pot]

i put my shrimps on the bottom, then put the chicken, giant clams, mushrooms, abalones, chetnuts along with the samgyetang with ginseng and chinese herbal medicine broth before adding baby octopus on top! 
from there, all you need to do is to boil it few minutes because everything cooks pretty fast! shrimps will turn orange, clams will open up and baby octopus will change colors 
which will let you know that it's time to add chopped green onions on top for decoration & ta-da! 

once done, all you need to do is to bring over the pot to your table on top of portable gas stove to keep the soup warm throughout & enjoy!

overall, this took me about 4 hours to make it including prep-time & to make the nice broth but it was so worth it because we thoroughly enjoyed it & literally finished the whole pot!

i am now happilyfull ♥ 
see you on my next adventure! 

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