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4 Regal Dishes from the Korean Royal Cuisine

The Korean royal court meal is a lavish spread of 12 variety of sides that is relished by the Royal family. Rice being the staple of every Korean meal, it is served alongside an array of soups, stews, barbeques, and a variety of sauces.

As per the Korean dining etiquettes, every dish is placed on the table before one starts their meal. Another speciality of Korean Royal cuisine is that is it less spicy and salty, compared to regular Korean food.

Korean royal court cuisine

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Experience the royal cuisine in your very own kitchen with these 4 must-have regal dishes from the Korean royal cuisine.

TteokgalbiMinced and grilled beef ribs

Tteokgalbi is a sweet, salty and spicy beef rib dish that is extremely popular and truly delectable. The minced beef is marinated and is either grilled or barbequed on charcoal.

Minced beef (along with the rib bone) is marinated with onions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice syrup and pepper. Once the meat imbibes all the flavours it is then cooked over charcoal. and served along with  rice, and  various other side dishes.

Tteokgalbi - 4 Must-have Korean Royal Court Dishes


Gungjung-tteokbokki – Korean royal court stir-fried rice cakes

Popularly known as the Korean royal court stir-fried rice cakes, the dish is non-spicy and incorporates many fresh ingredients such as vegetables, mushrooms and marinated beef.

Tteokbokki are Korean rice cakes. Gungjung-tteokbokki is rice cakes stir-fried with all the available vegetables, beef and eggs – combined with simple sauces such as soy sauce and rice syrup. Black pepper is added for some heat.

Yukhoe – Korean-style beef steak tartare

Yukhoe  is a sweet and spicy delicacy prepared using fresh beef and pears. The beef tenderloin is cooked with garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, black pepper and roasted sesame seeds.

However, the beauty of the dish lies in the way it is presented/served. The cooked beef is placed on a bed of thinly sliced pear and topped with pine nuts to add that little extra crunch!

Yukhoe - 4 Must-have Korean Royal Court Dishes

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Baesuk – Korean steamed pear

Korean steamed pears or Baesuk is consumed as dessert by the Royal family. It has simple flavours and is equally simple to make.

The top end of the pear is cut and the seeds from the main fruit are scooped out. It then filled with grated ginger, cinnamon, honey and pine nuts. The top end of the fruit is placed and the fruit is steamed for an hour. It is best enjoyed with a warm cup of tea.

As royal as they may sound, they’re equally fun and easy to make at home, so try them.

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