Paebaek – Table Setting

There are several essential elements in setting up The Table for Paebaek, Korean Wedding Ceremony. On the table are colorful dishes in varying heights. Korean date tower filled with dates and chestnuts, Dried Meats wrapped in blue and red ribbons adorn the table. Prettily prepared dried fruits, nuts and sweets are at the center of the table.



OVERVIEW

Table Setting

In Front of Father
Date (Jujubee) tower

In Front of Mother
Dried Meat Bundles

Center
Nine varieties of dried fruits, nuts and sweets

Center Front
Korean wooden ducks facing each other

Right Front (facing parents)
Tea or wine service (if not using a separate table)


DATE TOWER

DateTower

  • String Korean dates (available in Korean Markets) together.
  • Roll and stack on top as you secure with toothpicks.
  • To make it even prettier, place pine nuts at one end of a toothpick.
  • Fill 2/3 of the inside cavity with tissue paper and fill the rest with loose dates and chestnuts.
  • Decorate with blue and red ribbons.

  • Note: The elders receiving the bow will take these chestnuts and dates to throw to the couple.
    Alternate Method for Date Tower:

  • Shape a floral oasis into a cylindrical shape with the center hollowed out.
  • Using a glue gun, attach the outer surface of the oasis with dates. Or alternate whole walnuts with every 2 rows or dates.
  • Fill 2/3 of the inside cavity with tissue paper and fill the rest with loose dates and chestnuts.


  • DRIED MEAT

    Dried Meat

    Quick method:

  • Cut store bought beef jerky links or strips to about 8 inch lengths.
  • Gather 7 or 8 pieces together and tie with blue and red ribbons.
  • Place whole walnuts (with shells) on the bottom of a serving platter and place the decorated dried meat on top.
  • Traditional method:

  • Slice 2 pounds of flank steak into 6 x 9 inches, 1/2 inch thick pieces. (After drying in the oven, the size should be about 5 x 8 inches and 1/4 inch thick)
  • Season with: 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of: sugar, garlic powder and black pepper. Marinate overnight.
  • Cook in a preheated 200°F oven for 6 to 8 hours turning occasionally until dried.
  • Stack them together and tie with blue and red ribbons.
  • Place whole walnuts (with shells) on the bottom of a serving platter and place the bundle on top.




  • DRIED FRUITS AND NUTS

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    Arrange in a Nine Delicacies platter, dried fruits and nuts in a colorful pattern.

    Suggestions for fillers for the nine delicacies platter

  • Candied ginger disks
  • Dried apricots
  • Sesame Seed & Honey Candies (round)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Dried cranberries, freeze dried, if available
  • Dried peas, freeze dried, if available
  • Ginko nuts
  • Dried Persimmon Disks
    1. Unwrap (butterfly) dried persimmons or large dates and place walnuts in the center.
      Roll the persimmon into a log with the walnuts in the center.
      Cut in disks.



    KOREAN DUCKS

    Korean Ducks

    Korean ducks are placed at the front center of the table facing each other. Ducks mate for life and symbolize lifetime of happiness for the couple.


    Available in Korean Markets or on-line:
    koreanducks.com
    korean-arts.com