I have wanted to write about pajeon, the Korean seafood pancake, ever since I started this blog. It was one of the first street foods I ever tried in Korea and since then I’ve eaten it in a countless number of bars, restaurants and tents throughout the city. It’s hands down my favorite Korean food and when someone doesn’t like it, I can’t help but take it a little personally, such is my relationship with the stuff.

Although the best pajeon (the ones walking the crispy tightrope and loaded with prawns and octopus) are usually found in places with four walls and a roof, I can’t help but retain an affection for the street variety. It’s quick, cheap and delicious, and in my mind the best place to get it is in Nampodong, an old port area home to several markets (including the raw fish paradise Jagalchi Fish Market) and what’s soon to be one of the tallest buildings in the world (if it’s ever completed that is.)

On a recent visit to Nampo I went to one of my regular pajeon haunts and ordered myself one of the usuals. Some places stack’em high and wait for the orders to roll in but these ones were being cooked to order, and a slightly worryingly short time my paejon was ready and good to go.

My doubts about the cooking time proved to be unfounded, as I found the paejon to have a very agreeable consistency; golden on the outside yet soft and doughy in the middle. It was also riddled lesbian videos with super-thin spring onions punctured by an occasional flash of carrot and red chili, giving it a good onion-y taste with a bit of occasionally spiciness. The most surprising thing about pajeon however was the lack of any octopus. Pajeon usually abounds in the chewy tender stuff but this one was completely without, though I have to say managed nevertheless to hold its own in its absence.

Complimenting the pajeon was a bowl of deep, dark, delish soy sauce spiked with chilis onions and sesame seeds. I literally couldn’t get enough of it and found myself drowning my pajeon in it. The friendly lady next to me also took the liberty of dribbling a little dukbokki sauce on my plate from a nearby vat, which though agreeable enough, reminded me too much of dukbokki to ever really be a contender.

12 Responses to Pajeon and on.

  1. By Matt Strum - June 16, 2009

    I absolutely LOVE the seafood pancakes. *drool*

  2. By Minerval - June 19, 2009

    Just to clarify…in Korea, pajeon doesn't always have to have seafood. The main ingredient is scallions. When it *does* have pajeon, it's usually referred to as haemul pajeon, which is what you're used to.
    That said, I love pajeon over bindaeduk…it's just much lighter, crispier and chewier, while the latter feels crumbly and heavy (though maybe you like it?)

  3. By Minerval - June 19, 2009

    actually come to think of it…I think that *anywhere* pajeon can be just plain scallion or with seafood…

  4. By Street Foodie - June 20, 2009

    Ah I see…the seafood pajeon definitely seems to be the milf porn most popular here.

    I just searched for bindaeduk but couldn't find much information, is it made with mung beans? I'll definitely have to try some before I leave! I've had kimchi jeon a few times, that was real good.

  5. By Minerval - June 22, 2009

    Yeup, bindaeduk is made with mung bean flour…not sure where it orignates from, I just recall ajumas foisting it upon my family wrapped in plastic wrap…>_<

  6. By Street Foodie - June 25, 2009

    Wow, just realised I spelt pajeon wrong all the way through that post, McCune-Reischauer eat your heart out! (the problem has now been rectified.)

  7. By fmlyoung - July 22, 2009

    Stumbled across your blog and love it – especially this post. The only type of food I really won't eat is shellfish (I know, I know – what type of foodie could dismiss such a broad category of food?!)… Except for the oyster pajeon I have at Koryo in Oakland, California. It's amazing! Love your photos of it on the streets of Korea, can't wait to taste it there myself!

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  12. By Eunmi - September 14, 2011

    pajeon, yum!
    I am a Korean married to a kiwi and my husband makes much better pajeon than I can ever do. Try it yourself making it, all you need is springonion and flour, possibly egg sometimes. the beuty of it is to get the texture perfectly gay porn right.
    Nice to find the site absolutely crazy about Korean food!

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