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While I was in Seoul, Korea, I had the opportunity to “experience” Royal Court Cuisine.  Royal Court Cuisine is the style of cooking that was reserved for the King and Queen, their families, and the royal court during the Joseson Dynasty (1392 to 1910). Traditionally, twelve dishes are served along with rice and soup.  Food is served in Bronzeware and strict rules regarding how each dish is placed on the table is observed.

Royal Cuisine uses various cooking methods that showcase and celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients and local specialties.  Only the best ingredients available is used including seafood, meat, vegetables and grains.  In the past, Royal Cuisine was strictly reserved for the Royal family and the court.

Currently, Royal Cuisine can be enjoyed by everyone and Chef’s prepare each dish as closely as possible to the meals of the court as prescribed in written texts of ancient literature.  Each dish is elaborately made and much thought is put into the ingredients to preserve the authenticity of the past.  Utmost care is given to the presentation of each dish according to the recipes that have been inherited and handed down over the generations.

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Seokparang Restaurant is one of seven restaurants that correctly represents Royal Court Cuisine (according to KoreaTourism Organization)
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Seokparang is housed in Prince Daewongun’s traditional villa
The place setting
The place setting
Towels to clean our hands before the meal
Towels to clean our hands before the meal
Menu for October 31, 2015
Menu for October 31, 2015
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Bronze Serviceware
Two sauces; mustard and soy
Two sauces; mustard and soy
Traditional porridge to whet the appetite and prepare for the meal
Traditional porridge to whet the appetite and prepare for the meal
Gujulpan consists of eight vegetables and meats and thin wheat pancakes for wrapping
Gujulpan consists of eight vegetables with thin crepes
Seafood salad
Seafood and pear salad
Cold noodle and vegetable salad
Cold noodle, vegetable and seaweed salad
Vegetable and meat pancakes
Zucchini and eggplant pancakes (jeon)
Grilled Abalone
Grilled Abalone
Braised pork belly on a charcoal pit - one of my favorites
Braised pork belly on a charcoal pit
Prawn with roe
Prawn with roe and black sesame
Grilled beef and mushrooms
Grilled marinated beef and mushrooms with Gingko seeds
Napa cabbage salad - very tasty, another one of my favorites
Napa cabbage salad
Seafood soup
Seafood soup
Rice and soup
Rice, soup and five side dishes
Noodle with seafood broth
Noodle with seafood broth
Crispy dates with fresh ginseng and honey
Crispy dates with fresh ginseng and honey and rice cakes
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Korean pear
Sweet rice tea - served cold
Sweet rice punch flavored with ginger and cinnamon (sikhye) – served cold

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