A Meal Fit For Kings.
or 500 years, Seoul was the capital of the Joseon Dynasty, the last dynasty of ancient Korea. During that period many different culinary delights were invented for the pleasure of the Royal Court. "Sinseonro" is one meal that has been influenced by the royal cuisine of ancient Korea
In the center of the metal pot called "sinseonro," a fire is lit. People cook the meal, by putting vegetables, marine products, and meat into the pot. They boil these ingredients in their own juices. Since a lot of ingredients as well as one's time and energy are needed to prepare "Sinseonro," only a king or noble of ancient Korea could enjoy this meal. In fact, it was an ordinary meal for a king. In the Royal Court, it was called "Yeolgusatang," because it is so pleasant for the mouth.
It is generally thought that in the beginning, people heated just vegetables in the hot pot, however, in reality people also cooked various fish, and meat in it. Some 25 ingredients including meat, sea cucumbers, mushrooms, eggs, vegetables, walnuts and pine nuts are included.
Restaurants where people can try Sinseonro
Gayarang (royal cuisine specialty restaurant)
Foreign tourists frequently visit royal cuisine specialty restaurants where they serve Korean set meals. It is most natural to sit on the hot stone floor, called "Ondol," but, they also provide tables and chairs in compliance with foreign customer's wishes. As for desert; fruit, rice nectar, and rice cakes are served after finishing the meal. Although it is a Korean royal cuisine specialty restaurant, several kinds of meals are served. The price of most meals range from W15,000 to W60,000.
How to get there: It is about 200m away from the Hyatt hotel in Itaewon in the direction of Gyeongnidam. It is across from the Korean National Housing Corporation's "Itaewon ChuKong Apartment," situated in Itaewon.
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Food such as mook, meat, Gujeoplan, Gaeseong Bossam, Kimchi and Gaeseong wild greens are included in every meal here. And the royal cuisine meal set includes delicacies such as Yukhoe, Galbi, prawns, abalone, and Sinseonro The price of 'Sinseonro' is W18,000.
How to get there: Get off at the Cheongdam station on the number 7 line, and take exit no 8. It is located on the left side, about 200m away from the exit.
Tel: 546-0647, 546-0648
Opening Hours: 12:00~15:00, 18:00~22:00
(Sourced from WHAT'S ON SEOUL)