Bacolod Eats: Experiencing Korean Royal Meal Surasang Only at ShabuNiku

The Surasang spread prepared for us at ShabuNiku Restaurant. A taste of the life of Korean royalty.

In Bacolod City, you can have a sampling of the Surasang at ShabuNiku Korean Restaurant, located at the 2nd floor of the Bank of Commerce Bldg., 12th-Lacson Sts., Bacolod City. It is the only Bacolod restaurant that serves such for only P399 per pax. The minimum for the surasang setup and service is two persons.

What is Surasang?
Surasang or “Korean royal court cuisine (Joseon Wangjo Gungjung yori) was the style of cookery within Korean cuisine traditionally consumed at the court of the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910. There has been a revival of this cookery style in the 21st century. It is said that twelve dishes should be served along with rice and soup, with most dishes served in bangjja (bronzeware).” Source: wikipedia

These colorful pickled vegetable appetizers are mostly spicy. You can see there different kinds of kimchi–lettuce, to cucumbers, and radish.
Egg roll filled with vegetables and topped with catsup.
Fish katsu–breaded cream dory served with tonkatsu sauce and coleslaw, which used kiwi mayonnaise.
Dumplings in English, gyoza in Japanese, in Korean, it is called Mandu or steamed dumplings.
Sweet style noodles that bore the strong aroma of sesame oil.
ShabuNiku’s ginseng wine collection are proudly displayed in one area.
Mr. JungMin Cho serves us Korean ginseng wine in little cups. But don’t be deceived at its small size–this wine is potent!
Well, what can we say but “Cheers!” with Glady Reyes of and Danny Dangcalan and Betsy Gazo of Sunstar Bacolod.
The entrance to ShabuNiku.
The interior ShabuNiku. Notice the metallic things hanging from the ceiling. Those are extendable exhaust pipes for the yakiniku.

ShabuNiku Korean Restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of the Bank of Commerce Bldg., 12th-Lacson Sts., Bacolod City. They are open from Monday-Sunday, 11:30am to 10pm. They serve both Shabu Shabu and Yakiniku as well as ala carte meals.

The traditional Surasang set up. Photo from the internet.[/caption]

Surasang elements:
1. songsongi (송송이): cubed daikon radish kimchi[7]
2. jeotgugji (젓국지): kimchi from Chinese cabbage seasoned with jeotgal[7]
3. dongchimi (동치미): white kimchi[8]
4. jeotgal (젓갈): fermented, salted seafood[9]
5. jorigae (조리개): hard-boiled food with heavy seasonings[10]
6. namul (나물): seasoned vegetable side dishes[11]
7. saengche (생채): fresh salad[12]
8. jjim (찜): steamed or boiled dishes[13]
9. mareunchan (마른찬): dried foods[14]
10. janggwa (장과): braised seafood[15]
11. pyeonyuk (편육): boiled and seasoned meat pressed by heavy weight and then sliced thinly[16]
12. changui (찬구이): fried Codonopsis lanceolata (더덕, deodeok) and kim[17]
13. jeonyuhwa (전유화): pancake-like fried dish[18]
14. Jeotguk jochi (젓국 조치): kind of fish soup[19]
15. togu (토구): a plate used to hold bones during the meal[7]
16. jang (장): soy sauce[7]
17. chojang (초장): soy sauce with vinegar[7]
18. cho gochujang (초 고추장): chili cream with vinegar[7]
19. tojang jochi (토장 조치): soybean soup[7]
20. huinsura (흰수라): white rice[7]
21. gwaktang (곽탕): seaweed soup[7]
22. chaeso (채소): vegetables[7]
23. gogi (고기): meat[7]
24. jangguk (장국): soybean cream soup[7]
25. dalgyal (달걀): egg[7]
26. jeongol (전골): type of stew[20]
27. jaengban (쟁반) and chasu (차수): teapot and plate[7]
28. gongjeobsi(공접시): empty plate[7]
29. gonggi (공기): empty bowl[7]
30. suran (수란): poached egg[7]
31. hoe (회): raw fish and meat[13]
32. deoungui (더운구이): hot grilled meat[17]
33. hongban (홍반) or patsura (팥수라): rice with azuki beans[7][21]
34. gomtang (곰탕): soup from beef meat and bones[22]

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