Andong is the name of a Korean city, and this special dish is a very famous food from that area. It is also popular with many people that visit Korea. The braised chicken and vegetables with the sauce will make you fall in love with the flavor. I love, love, love this food. It is not too difficult to make from scratch, but if you have access to Sempio’s Braised Chicken Sauce, you can take a shortcut and follow my recipe using Sempio’s sauce instead. Both are delicious. Many people wanted me to make this dish from scratch, so here it is.
Yield: 2-3 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- Jjim (찜) = Braised
- Dak (닭) = Chicken
- About 2 lb Chicken
- 3 Cups Water
- 1½ oz Cellophane Noodles
- 1 Cup Potato
- 1 Cup Onion
- ½ Cup Carrot
- 2 Green Onions
- 1 Dried Red Hot Pepper
- 4½ Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 Tbsp Cooking Wine (or 3 Tbsp Water)
- 3 Tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
- 1½ Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1½ tsp Sesame Oil
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Pinches Ginger Powder
Obtain about 2 pounds of chicken. I used chicken thighs, but you can use any cut of chicken. It tastes better with the skin and bones for this dish.
Cook the chicken for a very short time (about a minute) in boiling water. This step helps to remove some of the fat and other things from the chicken.
Drain the fatty water and set the chicken aside.
Soak about 1½ oz of cellophane noodles in hot water while you are preparing the other ingredients.
Add all of the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl: 4½ Tbsp soy sauce, 3 Tbsp cooking wine (or 3 Tbsp water), 3 Tbsp dark brown sugar, 1½ Tbsp minced garlic, 1½ tsp sesame oil, ¼ tsp black pepper, and 2 pinches ginger powder.
Place the cooked chicken in a wide bottomed pan. Pour the sauce and 3 cups of water on top of the chicken. Once it starts to boil, reduce the temperature to medium and cook for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut the vegetables. Cut 1 cup worth of potato into 1 inch cubes. Slice 1 cup worth of onion and ½ cup worth of carrot into a ½ inch thickness. Cut 2 green onions and 1 dried hot pepper into ½ inch pieces. I like to use scissors to cut the dried pepper.
After the chicken has cooked for 15 minutes, add the potato, onion, carrot, and dried pepper into the pan and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes on medium-high: until all of the ingredients are almost cooked.
Add the drained noodles and green onions. Cook for 3 more minutes and then turn off the heat.
Garnish with some sesame seeds. It looks and tastes delicious. 🙂 Enjoy!