Tosokchon (토속촌) is a venerable Korean dining institution, serving one of the most traditional Korean dishes “samgyetang” 삼계탕 which is a soup with a young chicken stuffed with sticky glutinous rice, ginseng root, garlic, scallion, gingko nuts, and jujube. You can choose either a common white chicken or black chicken. In the states I have only seen this dish made with white chicken. I have never had a version in the states as good as Tosokchon’s. The flavor of the broth, perfect stuffing, and tender meat cannot be beat. This restaurant is the most famous location for samgyetang and definitely one to visit on a first trip to Korea. I highly recommend this as a tourism spot because the restaurant itself is in a beautiful old traditional Korean house with many rooms and a courtyard and serves a very authentic and tasty well priced meal. It is near other tourist spots such as the Blue House Presidential Residence, Gyeongbukgung Palace, Bukchon Hanok Village, Chunggyechon, and beautiful Samcheongdong. It is also two blocks away from a local marketplace, Tongjin Market, which has in my opinion, the best ddeokbokki in all of Korea. If you are going to Tosokchon, please save room for ddeokbokki later on.
5, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 자하문로5길 5 (체부동)
85-1 Chebu-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul, South Korea
By Subway: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Go straight about 170m and turn left onto Jahamun-ro 5-gil Road.
Open 7 days a week from 10AM to 10PM, accepts credit cards, tel 82-2-737-7444
The beautiful white or black chicken soup is served with complimentary cabbage and radish kimchee. When you open the chicken the deliciously herbed sticky white rice with jujube, ginseng root, and gingko nuts emerge. All this together with some kimchee and broth make the perfect bite.
A shot of the menu. Assuming an exchange rate of $1= KRW 1,100, the prices are
Samgyetang (white chicken) KRW 15,000 / $13.65
Ogol Samgyetang (black chicken) KRW 22,000 / $20.00
Rotisserie Chicken KRW 14,000 / $12.75
Seafood Scallion Pancake KRW 15,000 / $13.65
Beer KRW 4,000 / $3.50
Soju KRW 3,000 / $2.75
I was not able to take a good video of this place but it gives you a bit of an idea of the bustling atmosphere.