Cycle 5 – Item 205
29 (Tue) July 2014
Haemul Pa Jeon
at Korean Palace
-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
11/9/5 (see also 11/9/5)
Over the course of 11 days, through a combination of personal and professional travels – relating primarily to a mission to Spain – I was in 9 localities across 5 countries, eating and documenting at least 1 meal in each of them.
Today is Day 11 / Locality 9 / Country 5.
Good to be back home.
Korean Palace is a Korean restaurant. Like most Korean restaurants here, or anywhere outside of Korea, the menu offers a wide range of favorites, from barbecue to soups and rice dishes.
Haemul Pa Jeon (해물파전) is a Korean dish. A type of pancake (jeon) consisting of minced seafood (haemul) – typically bits of squid, clams, maybe shrimp – and strips of scallion (pa), mixed in a flour and egg batter, cooked in oil into a flat disc.
The food was edible. Localized flavors – can’t put my finger on it, but everything’s just a little different – explains why Koreans don’t really seem to like the place, even though Filipinos and non-Korean expats do. In fact, I’ve been here on two prior occasions, both at lunch, at the invitation of Filipinos and non-Koreans. Anyway, the haemul pa jeon, like the rest of the spread, was decent enough, though falling short in authenticity. It was also too light on the haemul and pa. Whatever.
(See also FOOD GLOSSARY)
(See also RESTAURANTS IN PHILIPPINES)