Today is malbok/말복 in Korea. It marks the end of the dog days of summer and everyone has a big bowl of hot chicken soup, samgyetang/삼계탕 to cool off. Not sure if it’s because I’m a gyopo, but I needed to turn on the air-conditioner after a bowl of mother-in-law’s homemade chicken soup.


It’s called samgyetang/삼계탕 because it has in-sam/인삼 (ginseng), gye/계 (hanja for chicken), tang/탕 (soup).