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Jan 30, 2008 06:00 AM

Royal Dining Korean Style -

Treat yourself and family or guests like royalty. The two dishes here, along with a variety of Korean ban chan dishes were served in the Korean Royal courts.

Gujeolpan, "Platter of nine delicacies" or Dish of nine dishes may have originated with the Royal Court of the Joseon period in Korea. This dish is actually named for the serving tray that the food is presented on, a covered tray segmented into eight outer sections and one center section.
The tray may be a simple but elegant lacquered wooden dish, or an elaborate affair of jade and jewels.

I posted a recipe for Gujeolpan in this thread:

And also in the member recipe section here:

For those who wish to get really fancy -

Here is an image for another version made with sliced daikon instead of the flat cakes:
and the recipe for it:

This recipe is one version of Sinseollo "Food of the Mountain Gods"

And if you really want to go all out you could add

The picture below is an example of an actual Gujeolpan/Sinseollo meal.

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  1. The recipe link for the My Korean Kitchen recipe should be

    1. Seollung Tang may have originated during the reign of King Sejong during the Joseon period. One legend tells that the king visited the Seonnongdan area where the people were praying for a good harvest while plowing a rice field. On the Kings arrival at the site of the plowing, it began raining quite heavily, and the people took that as a sign that the King’s visit had ensured they would have a plentiful harvest. An ox was butchered and cooked in various ways in honor of the King. One of the dishes served to the King was seollung tang which he praised.

      Note: This is part of a series of Korean Royal Cuisine dishes. Click on the “Korean Royal Cuisine Series” tag in the left column of the linked recipe to see more Royal Dishes.

      Recipe Link

      1. Now a popular sausage served Korea wide, a version of this dish may have originated in the mountainous regions of Goguryeo (one of the Three Kingdoms) located in the northern portion of Korea and parts of Manchuria. It was originally made with the intestine from wild boar (pigs).

        A Ssam style serving of this dish may have been a popular Royal Court Dish during the Joseon period.

        1. Wow! I took a look at that picture, and all I could think was "this must be hours of cooking!!" But it looks wonderful!

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          1. re: moh

            A full course royal meal takes a team of cooks to accomplish.
            The Korean drama Dae Jang Geum has some excellent recreations of royal kitchen operation.

            1. re: hannaone

              Yeah, I sometimes think that royal Korean cuisine takes more time than a Thomas Keller recipe. It's a lot of labor. I was staying in LA for a while a couple of years ago with my grandmother and aunts. I was getting so tired from all the cooking chores they had me do.

              1. re: hannaone

                I shall have to ask my parents to look for that drama! We had a lot of fun watching Ma shin nun TV (Delicious TV) episodes when we saw them this visit, and they do love their Korean videos.

                We have ties to minor nobility on my maternal side, apparently we are descendants of one of the third sons of the second king of the Yi dynasty (or some permutation of that). Apparently our family land holdings have become the university grounds in Pyong Yang. So if North Korea ever returns to the fold, and wants some of their nobility back, maybe someday I'll be served a full course royal meal! But I am not holding my breath.

                1. re: moh

                  Well, I'm not sure if that will happen in our lifetime. I also have some ties to some famous (according to my dad) N. Korean general on my paternal side. However, I'm not sure if I'll ever get to visit the land of my ancestors. But do not fret -- if you're ever in LA, there's a restaurant called Yong Su San that specializes in this sort of stuff. I had my LA wedding celebration dinner there. Personally I think I'm more of a fan of the peasant food as it tends to be spicier.

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    When you say "land of my ancestors", it may be true that you might not get back to your ancestral lands (although you never know! Look at the Berlin Wall!). But Hyundai Corp is running regular tourist trips to North Korea, so you may get to North Korea! The Diamond Mountains (Kum Kwa San) are stunningly beautiful, and you had have "Pyong Yang style" Neng myun there.

                    1. re: moh

                      Really? I haven't been back to Korea in close to 30 years. I know it's changed a lot from talking to my relatives. I've been trying to get DH to come with me -- but I don't think Korean food is really his thing. Good to know that I can take a trip to N. Korea. Thanks!

            2. A full course Royal Court meal is known as Surasang (수라상) and is available at a few very upscale Korean Restaurants as hanjeongsik (full coarse meal), but it's pretty costly.

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              1. re: hannaone

                Ou of curiosity, how much will one of these meals cost you? It can't possibly be as bad as Per Se, could it???

                1. re: moh

                  Anywhere from $75.00 to $175.00 per person.

                  1. re: hannaone

                    Ok, so not cheap. But given the amount of work, it sounds like it would be worth it....