1.066 Assorted Jeon

1.066

12 (Fri) March 2010

Assorted Jeon

3.0

at Ganggane

-Hannam, Yongsan, Seoul, Korea-

with MtG

Jeon (전) is a broad category of Korean pancake.  The term, which I had thought to wholly Korea, derives from the Chinese “jian = 煎 = 전 = jeon.”

One type consists of a central ingredient that is sliced or otherwise formed into bite-sized pieces, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper, coated in flour and egg wash, and pan-fried in a touch of oil.  Common varieties include tofu, fish, ground beef, mushrooms, and ae-hobak (애호박) (a type of squash similar to zucchini).

A second type consists of several ingredients shredded or chopped into small pieces, mixed together in a flour-based batter, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and maybe some additional spices, and pan-fried in a generous pool of oil.  Common varieties include scallions, soy beans, kimchi, seafood, or combinations thereof.

Both types are almost always served with some manner of soy-based dipping sauce.

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Ganggane is a Korean pub.  The kind of hole-in-the-wall no-nonsense joint that features stainless steel tables, plastic chairs, disposable utensils, paper napkins.  Specializes in and makes excellent jeon, mostly of the first type.

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