Pajeon (Korean Pancake)

Seoul Travel Guides / November 02, 2016
Pajeon (Korean Pancake) Image credit: Rachael Neumiller/Flickr

Pancakes are a favorite in any part of the world. Korean pancakes are a little different from the sweet, fluffy ones that we’ve grown to love, but they’re a big hit in this dynamic city, too.

Unlike the pancakes we’re used to having at breakfast, pajeon is savory, flavorful, and can be found any time of the day.

Loosely translated, pajeon means “green onion (pa) pancake (jeon)”, crediting to the abundance of green onions as main ingredient. Korean pancakes are often prepared with a variety of fillings such as squid, oysters, and mussels.

For a truly Korean flavor, try the kimchijeon. Far from being just a breakfast fare, locals love their pajeon with a side of soju, Korea’s most popular liquor.

Here are the best places to have pajeon in Seoul.

  • NAKSEO PAJEON | Dongdaemun-gu
    For thick, enormous, and generously filled pajeon
    What to order: Octopus pajeon, Spicy chicken stew, Kimchi pajeon
    Price range: 6,000 to 8,000 won ($5.28 to $7.04)
    When: 14:00 – 02:00 daily
    Where: 319-40 Huigyeong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
  • GWANGJANG MARKET | Jongno-gu
    For well-loved pajeon recipes that boast strong Korean flavors
    What to order: Buchujeon, Kimchijeon, Nokdujeon
    Pricing: 4,000 won ($3.52)
    When: 07:00 – 19:00, daily except Sundays
    Where: 6-1 Yeji-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
  • CHAMSAE BANGATGAN | Jongno-gu
    For a beautiful selection of Korean pancakes and Sujebi
    What to order: Pajeon, Sujebi, Jjookkoomi Bokum
    Price range: 6,000 to 10,000 won ($5.21 - $8.69)
    When: 11:00 – 21:00 daily
    Where: 102 Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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