Jjim dak – Korean braised chicken

Jjim dak – Korean braised chicken

When one of my students asked me if I can teach  Jjim dak (찜닭), I had a sudden craving for the dish. I quickly called around my family to find a recipe. Jjim dak became very popular in Korea to a point where you can almost find a Jjim dak restaurant on every corner and each one insisted that they were the original. Apparently this dish originated from a city called Andong, Korea and was made with very spicy Korean green chillis. I always wondered why it was called Jjim dak as it translates to steamed chicken but it is actually braised in soy sauce.

How to make Jjim dak (serves 3-4 people)

  • Ingredients: 10 chicken drumsticks & 10 wings, 1 potato, 1/2 carrot, 1 onion, 6 dates soaked in water, 10 dried chillies, 1 birds eye chilli, 1 leek, 1 handful of dangmyun (sweet potato noodle), 5 cups of water
  • Sauce: 8 tbsp Korean soy sauce, 1 tbs oyster sauce, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp chopped garlic, 1/2 tbsp freshly grated ginger, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 3 tbsp soju (Korean rice wine), 1/4 sesame seeds, some salt & pepper

  • Soak the dang myun in hot water to soften

  • Marinate the chicken in 2 tbsp of soju, some salt and pepper for 30 minutes


  • Add the marinated chicken, 5 cups of water, dried chillies and red dates in a pot and boil on a high heat for about 15 minutes. This is to cook the chicken. Mix all the sauce ingredients listed above and add to the chicken while it’s boiling


  • Add all the vegetables except the leek in to the pot and boil for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

  • As a final step, add the dang myun, leeks, and sesame seeds. My original recipe required only dried chillies but they were not spicy enough so I added the bird eye chilli to give that extra spiciness.

  • Unfortunately, my camera was playing up and I lost most of the photos I took when I was plating the dish. I managed to save a few only…   🙁

  • It was so spicy that I drank about a jug water with the chicken but my husband and I still managed to eat most of it. Instead of calling this dish Jjim dak, I think they should call it firey chicken.



Try the recipe and let me me know how you like this dish. Enjoy! 🙂

Lazy weekend meal

Lazy weekend meal

When I am too lazy to cook and I don’t to want eat out, this is what I put together – Noodle salad with wasabi sauce.

I chop up some lettuce, capsicums, cucumbers and sesame leaves and cook some buckwheat noodles. You can also use any other left over vegetables in your fridge. 🙂

Add some prawns on top!

Mix together some rice vinegar, wasabi paste, sesame oil, sesame seeds and sugar to make a quick and tasty wasabi sauce.

It makes a very healthy and delicious meal, and best of all it’s all done in 10 minutes!

Yummy spicy fried chicken!!

Yummy spicy fried chicken!!

Today’s dishes brought back childhood memories. When I was young, I used to eat a lot of spicy fried chicken (양념닭)and red bean ice (팥빙수) in Seoul.

It’s been a while since I last had spicy fried chicken so when a friend suggested this dish for my class, it took me on a trip down memory lane. I used to make this dish quite regularly when I was living in Sydney and  it goes great with a cold beer! Usually this chicken dish is sold by franchise delivery shops in Korea and  I’ve even seen it in Sydney. My favorite one is called Pelicana. Anyway, I thought I would have a crack at replicating it….

Result:  I played with the original recipe a little here and there to experiment and put my mark on it. I fried the chicken twice so it was nice and crunchy. I also added some cajun spices in the batter to add more zing. With an extra dash of chilli sauce it was just perfect!

The next dish was red bean ice. It’s similar to the ice kaching sold here in Singapore however I still prefer the simple Korean red ice bean. My parents brought me an electric ice shaver so that came in handy today. It’s a Hello Kitty brand though because my parents think that I have not grown up yet – but hey it works!

I cut some fruit, made some glutinous balls to add chewy texture and  added milk and redbean.

It was a perfect dish after the spicy fried chicken and an excellent way to cool you down from the hot Singapore weather! Anyone want some?  🙂