Korean Steamed Chicken [Jjim Dak]

Jjimdak street in Andong

Steamed chicken [Jjim Dak] is a sweet but savory dish that is very popular in Korea. The dish originated from the city of Andong, which if you visit today you will find that they even have a Jjim Dak street which has many steamed chicken restaurants.

When I visit Seoul I’m always surprised to see many foreigners in Jjim Dak restaurants. One day, I even overheard one foreigner say, “I usually can’t eat spicy food, but this chicken dish is quite sweet. Can we order more?

So if you normally don’t eat spicy food, don’t be put off! Jjimdak is the perfect dish to try at home :)

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For this recipe you will need:

  • a chopped whole chicken
  • 3 Potatoes
  • Glass noodles
  • 3 Dried chillies
  • 1 and a half carrot
  • 1 onion,2 spring onion

For sauce:

  • 2/3 cup Soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs Cooking wine
  • 1 Tbs Oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbs Starch syrup(or rice syrup)
  • 3 Tbs Sugar
  • 1  TbsSesame oil
  • 1 Ts Crushed garlic
  • Pepper


Quick Korean*

Dak[닭]= Chicken

Jjim[찜]= Steamed dish

Pa[파]= Spring onion

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! If you have a request for a korean recipe, please leave it in the comments below!

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I'm from Korea. I love my people, culture and food.

2 Responses to “Korean Steamed Chicken [Jjim Dak]”

  1. Thanks for calling us foreigners. What a nice term. -.-

    • Hi AJ,
      I’m sorry if my description made you feel uncomfortable. I didn’t mean to offend people from other country. I just don’t have proper words to explain with my poor English.
      Hope you understand it. Have a great weekend! =)