27 (Wed) January 2010
-Oksu (Joongang Heights Apts), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
with the Family
Baeksuk (백숙) is a Korean chicken dish. It consists of a whole chicken boiled in water, usually flavored with various aromatics, like a simplified samgye tang. When ready, the meat is typically torn into pieces and dipped in salt or soy sauce to eat. The resulting stock is often used to make porridge or noodles to end the meal. With connoisseurs claiming that this is the only way to appreciate the true flavor of the meat, the naked preparation does require careful selection of ingredients and balance of seasonings.
Here, the broccoli was entirely non-standard issue, just something added at the last minute for the visual – a plain, whole boiled chicken just doesn’t look that appealing on its own – but ultimately I liked the contrast in texture and taste.