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Sinseollo, Royal Casserole With Legend

by KnowingKorea

Sinseollo, or royal casserole, used to be served in Korean traditional court cuisine. Consisting of meat, fish, vegetables and mushrooms, all cooked in a rich broth, the dish is served in an uniquely shaped vessel called sinseollo. The hole in the center is placed with hot embers to keep the dish hot until the meal is finished. The name sinseollo came from the word ‘sinseon,’ or a Taoist hermit believed to have immortal life. A legend tells the story of a Joseon Dynasty scholar who invented the dish and later became a sinseon, hence the name of dish came.