Korean style Tom Kha

I really didn’t have everything I wanted but…. I had some ingredients for this soup so I went for it. The result was delicious!

1 carrot
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 whole chicken (mine was chopped at the store)
6 cups water
1 Tablespoon grated lemon
half a package of rice noodles

1 can of coconut milk
Sesame leaves (thin sliced)  and lemon to garnish

Start by chopping your vegetables and heating up the soup pan. Put your chicken in first so it has the time to brown and grease up your pan. Then throw in your veg. When the onions are translucent add water and turn to low. Cook until chicken is done (about 40 minutes).

Fish out the chicken to cool and shred. Add the coconut milk, stir in the cream. Then put rice noodles in while shredding the chicken (they take about 13 minutes to cook).

Dish into bowls. Top with chicken, sesame leaves and a squeeze of lemon.


I finally stayed the night in a jimjilbang. It wasn’t the romantic evening I thought it would be. For the most part, you are separated by genders, then there is a common family room. Oddly, the light in this room doesn’t get turned off and the TVs were turned off at 1am and back on at 4am. The showers were really nice as well as the saunas and heated pools.¬†Being that we stayed at the airport jimjilbang, it was pretty expensive, similar to staying at a love motel. 20,000 won per person- most love motels are 40,000. I would have preferred a love motel, I think my mom is starting to understand I have an affection for love motels. While Wyll enjoyed the jimjilbang, he didn’t stay there on a more recent trip to the airport. So it was a good experience, but something I’d rather do in the day and not overnight.