This is not paid nor sponsored and I have to share this because I think I discovered a gem!
I’m a huge fan of Samgyetang (Korean Ginseng Soup) and for those who haven’t tried it, it isn’t just chicken and soup, but it is a whole chicken filled with all the ingredients and rice inside. Of course, there are extremely delicious ones like those from Tosokchon (a must visit whenever I’m in Seoul) and really bad and bland ones from some restaurants.
I was wandering around in Incheon Aiport during my last work trip while waiting for my flight back to Singapore. Alone and bored and having lots of time on my hands, I went shopping at the airport duty free area and chanced upon this awesome instant samgyetang.
The salesperson told me that there are two different types to choose from: Samgyetang and Bangyetang. Samgyetang is the whole chicken and two person can share a packet, and Bangyetang, just like its name suggest (“ban” meaning half) is half a chicken. Thinking that I settle my dinner alone most of the time, I chose the bangyetang.
I took the pack of 6. I think there are different options if I didn’t remember wrongly.
Jonga Bangyetang (The 3 Korean words right at the top say “Jong Ga Jib”, and I’m guessing it means “Jong Ga House”) I guess that’s the brand!
The 3 huge Korean words in the center just means “Bangyetang”.
How it looks like after you open the packet.
I poured its contents into a bowl.
Part of the reason why I love this bangyetang is because of the convenience it brings. There aren’t many restaurants that serve good samgyetang in Singapore and those that are good aren’t that accessible for me. I’ll have to travel quite a distance, or to town to satisfy my craving. This Jongga Bangyetang is INSTANT! THIS IS TOTALLY GOD-SEND!
How to prepare:
1. You can heat it up in a pot.
2. Put it in the microwave for 5 to 7 minutes.
Lazy Xinyi chose option 2. Heheheh.
Yay! Dinner is ready!
Look at the ingredients! I would expect instant food to taste less authentic but no, this one tasted so good. Of course, it isn’t as good as the freshly made ones from Tosokchon in Seoul, but I promise you, this one taste a lot better than those served in many of our local restaurants that I’ve tried. The ginseng fragrance is nice and strong, the soup is quite thick. I love red dates but that one red date in the packet is pretty tasteless though… minus one point for that. I only opened up one pack to try so I can’t say if all red dates in Jonga Bangyetang are like that or if it’s just this one.
Downside is, this isn’t exactly cheap. If I didn’t remember wrongly, 6 packets like the one shown above costed me around $80-ish SGD, that is is about more than $10 a packet.
I hand-carried them onto the flight and with the chicken, the soup, and the rice, the 6 packets of bangyetang were really heavy! It didn’t help that I was on a solo trip! 🙁
Will I buy it again on my next trip to Seoul? YES! It’s too yummy and convenient!