Spicy Korean Chicken Stew, Dakdoritang

Spicy Korean Chicken Stew

I have a little brother back in Korea. He is happily married to a beautiful wife and have two adorable girls.  When my brother got married, my mother was somewhat worried that her only son would be under nourished. Why? Because her only daughter-in-law was not much of a cook.

To a some degree I have to admit that my mother was right. Until my sister-in-law married to my brother, she didn’t have much experience in cooking. Her food at the beginning were either very bland or overly spiced. To be honest, it was quite difficult to chow down some of the food she made for us. She just didn’t have the natural sense and knowledge of what goes together.

They started family soon after they got married and my sister-in-law became a full time housewife. She spent more time in cooking and tried many recipes to improve her cooking skill. This reminds me of my humble beginning, too. I wasn’t much of cook myself either when I got married. I never knew how to cook rice or how to make any of simple Korean side dishes. Error after error, I obtained the skills, learned the balancing in flavor, and improved the cooking techniques to get the best results in any recipes. I don’t think there is a fastest way of learning how to cook better except trying over and over. Time and patience will get you there eventually.

Spicy Korean Chicken Stew, Dakdoritang

A few years after they got married I visited my brother in Korea, my sister-in-law made this delicious spicy Korean chicken stew for me. I was quite impressed. The flavor was well balanced and the texture of both chicken and the vegetables were just perfect; tender and moist chicken with perfectly soft vegetables holding their shapes. She continuously impressed me with her foods whenever I visited them. Everyone in the family enjoys her culinary creation and we are so proud of her.

I like to share this delicious spicy Korean chicken stew with you. It it spicy as the title mentioned, but so good that it is worth of sweating a little to enjoy this delicious stew. The Korean name for this stew can be either dakdoritang (닭도리탕) or dakbokkeumtang(닭볶음탕). Both names share the same delicious spicy chicken stew and you should definitely try this if you love anything spicy!

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