My family was recently invited to a Korean restaurant in Eastwood by my Korean friends.
It was a great pleasure to try an entrée dish called Jeon (Pajeon, Pancake-like dish).
I have a variety of experience with Korean BBQ but Jeon was my first try.
My Korean friend explained to me, “For thousands of years, Korean cuisine has centered on a table of rice and side dishes made of grains and vegetables.
"Jeon is an all-time favorite on rainy days along with Makeolli, a Korean traditional alcoholic beverage.”
Unfortunately, it was a sunny day when we got together at the Korean restaurant and we did not drink it as there were so “many” kids with us. However, we really enjoyed the Jeon to the full extent of its real taste.
Joen is made with a variety of ingredients, including vegetables, meat, and fish, but the most common type of jeon is pajeon (green onion jeon) that we actually had.
I was more surprised that Jeon was offered for free as my Korean friends were big customers to the restaurant.
Anyway, I was able to explore the Korean customs associated with jeon and what it symbolizes in Korea and how it has developed to epitomize each province of Korea.
Contributed by Clint Gibson(Richmond, NSW) for Korean Safari