Saturday, May 7, 2011

Busan Traditional Food Dongnae Pajeon

Busan’s designated rural foods are dongnae pajeon represent the taste of Busan

Dongnae pajeon has been a key part of rural Busan food for 100 years. The dish has a long list of ingredients: leek, water parsley, clam, mussel, oyster, shrimp, beef, egg, glutinous rice, nonglutinous rice, vegetable oil, anchovy, kelp and more than 10 kinds of seasoning.

One of the main ingredients, leek, is a specialty produce in Gijang. Water parsley is also grown in nearby Eonyang, and seafood, of course, is what Busan is known for. Although other places make vegetable pancakes, or pajeon, dongnae pajeon and its unique ingredients are known throughout the country.

Dongnae pajeon makes your mouth water just with its colorful appearance: the combination of green, orange, white, black and red creates a harmony of energy that represents space and the five elements. Today, Dongnae Halmae Pajeon in Dongnae Bokcheon-dong continues to make dongnae pajeon in the traditional way.

Dongnae Pajeon has also become popular with Japanese tourists. In fact, some people say that the origins of Okonomiyaki, a popular dish in Japan, can be traced to Busan’s very own dongnae pajeon.

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