Summer is the best season for ice-cream or air-conditioner
sellers; however it is also the happiest season for chicken
restaurant owners. Normally in the past, about 30 percent of
chicken dishes were sold in June and July due to Koreans' common
belief that chicken dishes, especially Samgyetang, which
is a Korean traditional chicken soup simmered with ginseng and
glutinous rice, are good for overcoming the hot weather. Contrary to last year, this year's
statistics are not good for chicken restaurant owners because of
the out-break of AI(Avian Influenza), commonly called Bird Flu,
in Korea. Even though scientists and the government continuously
point out eating poultry species is safe based on scientific
facts, people still seem to have some misconceptions. Then let's
face the rumors on AI.
1. People can be infected with AI by eating the poultry.
The virus breaking out in Korea is the highly pathogenic
Influenza A virus subtype(H5N1). 243 people have died from H5N1
in fifteen countries according to WHO report. However, all of them were reported to
be infected while dealing with the rare poultry, not eating the
If you are still worried about eating the poultry, you should
know that AI virus will die if the food is cooked to 75 Celsius
for more than 5 minutes.
2. There is a Korean, who was infected with AI.
AI was found first in December, 2003 in Korea. Since then, no
human infection has been confirmed. The soldier, who was deployed
in killing the infected poultry in Jeonlabookdo last April and
suspected to be infected, was proven to be uncontaminated.
3. We cannot eat eggs.
People sometimes eat half-cooked eggs. They think that if eating
rare poultry is dangerous, the same rule is applied to eating
half-cooked eggs. However, the infected chicken can't lay eggs,
meaning that it is impossible to eat infected eggs. If you are
still worried about eggs which can be contaminated by touching
other chicken or their secretion, it is also advisable to wash
eggs and your hands after touching them.
4. My pet birds can be
Since the virus can be transmitted to other birds by direct
contact with infected ones or their saliva, nasal
secretions, and feces , you don't have to
worry about your pet birds. However, if your pet birds suffer
from diarrhea or high fever like the symptoms of human flu,
report it to the government.
As you know, chicken is full of nutrition like protein, fat, etc.
However, chicken is more nutritious than we know. Chicken has
65~75% of water, around 20% of protein, and 5~10% of fat. Chicken
comparatively contains a large percent of vitamin A. And it has
rich protein, fat, and vitamin in the internal organs or the
1. Protein & Fat
Chicken breast has 22.9% of protein, by far higher than other
animal protein, which is used as essential diet food for the
women trying to lose weight. Also its flavor is plain because its
fat doesn't lie in the muscle, as well as its fiber is thin and
tender. Therefore, chicken is a good source of protein for the
weak stomach or the young.
Because its fat is mainly on the skin or the belly, if you skin
the chicken, you can remove the fat easily. As compared with
other meat, chicken is low in calorie, 151Kcal per 100g.
Especially chicken breast has a very low fat (1.2%), and a plain
favor. Chicken contains higher unsaturated fatty acid, and
linoleic acid in the chicken fat has a function to reduce the
amount of blood cholesterol.
Chicken is an efficient food because we can intake much more
protein and amino acid with the same cost as compared with other
meat. Chicken is about 3 times cheaper than beef and about 4
times than pork, while being well-known for higher quality of
Then why don't we have safe and healthy food,
Samgyetang, for today's dinner?
Chickens (600g), 2 cups of glutinous rice, 2 garlic, 5 dried
seeded jujube fruits, 1 green onion, 1 ginger, 1 ginseng, salt
and pepper. (Adding other medicinal herbs such as wolfberry
(gugija), Codonopsis pilosula (dangsam), and Angelica sinensis
(danggwi) may also be recommended.)
1. Cleanse glutinous rice and soak it in water for 1 hour.
2. Wash the chicken and trim garlic, ginger, and green onion.
3. Stuff the chicken with glutinous rice and cross the chicken
legs so that the rice does not fall out.
4. Place the chicken in a big pot with green onion, garlic,
ginger, and jujube. Pour enough water and boil it over high heat,
and then infuse over low heat for more than 3 hours.
5. Season it with salt and pepper before eating.