11.271 Kimchi Memil Jeon


2 (Fri) October 2020

Kimchi Memil Jeon


at Chilbongsan Garden

-Changchon, Seowon, Hoengsong, Gangwon, Republic of Korea-

with the Family

Chilbongsan Garden (칠봉산 가든) is a Korean restaurant.  Specializes in traditional chicken dishes, mostly soups (e.g., baeksuk, samgye tang).  Recently opened.

Located outside of Seowon town, the closest restaurant to the cabin.
Regardless of the holiday, the place always seems deserted, judging by the empty parking lot whenever we drive by.

Having been 100% guaranteed by my mother that no restaurant within 20 km would be open during Chuseok, we were glad that Chilbongsan Garden was open – they had a sign in the window: “We are open during Chuseok.”

Memil jeon (메밀전) is a Korean dish.  Pancake (jeon) made of ground buckwheat (memil).  Whereas ground buckwheat is regularly used in restaurants to make noodles (e.g., naeng myeon), only the occasional restaurant, most often found in the countryside, makes other buckwheat-based dishes (see for example 7.130 Makguksu), like this jeon; ground buckwheat is also not commonly sold in stores to the public, so this kind of jeon, or any kind of buckwheat-based dish, can’t be made at home.

It was pretty good. Slightly bitter in flavor, balanced out by the tanginess of the kimchi.  Soft in the middle, crispy on the edges.  Served with soy sauce.  Great jeon for Chuseok.

Samgye Tang (2.5): also a great dish for Chuseok.
Stuffed with glutinous rice.
A very satisfying meal overall.

(For more details re food, see WHAT)

(For more details re venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)

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