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Korean pancake-Haemul pajeon-03.jpg
Haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancake)
Place of origin Korea
Main ingredient(s) Batter (eggs, wheat flour, rice flour, green onions)
Hangul 파전
Hanja 파煎
Revised Romanization pajeon
McCune–Reischauer p'ajǒn

Pajeon is a variety of jeon with green onions as its prominent ingredient, as pa literally means 'green/spring onion' in Korean. It is a pancake-like Korean dish made from a batter of eggs, wheat flour, rice flour, green onions, and often other additional ingredients depending on the variety. Beef, pork, kimchi, shellfish, and other seafood are mostly used.[1] If one of these ingredients, such as squid, dominates the jeon, the name will reflect that; oh jing uh jeon is 'squid jeon.'

Pajeon is usually recognizable by the highly visible green onions. It is similar to a Chinese green onion pancake in appearance but is less dense in texture and not made from a dough.[1] It is not to be confused with bindaetteok, which is a mung bean pancake.


Seafood pajeon[edit]

In Korean, a seafood pajeon is called haemul pajeon (해물파전). Various seafood are used in the batter and toppings, e.g. oysters, shrimp, squid, clams.[2]

Dongnae pajeon[edit]

A plate of a colorful pancake made with green scallions, sliced red chili pepper and chopped seafood
Dongnae pajeon

Dongnae pajeon is named after Dongnaesung (동래성), a former fortress in the Joseon Dynasty and now a district in the city of Busan. Dongnae was a prominent battleground during the Imjin War[3] and legend says the people of Dongnae threw green onions while defeating the invading Japanese soldiers. Dongnae pajeon was made in honor of the victory.[4]

The dish was also presented at the king's table and became popular when the Dongnae market flourished in the Joseon era.[5]

Dongnae pajeon is usually made from a batter of rice flour, glutinous rice flour, eggs, and gochujang. Soft spring onions, beef, clams, mussels, oysters, shrimp and other seafood are also added.[5]


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  1. ^ a b (Korean) Pajeon at Doosan Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lina "Asia's 10 greatest street food cities" CNN Go. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-11
  3. ^ (Korean) Dongnae Fortress at Doosan Encyclopedia
  4. ^ (Korean) Dongnae pajeon at Doosan Encyclopedia
  5. ^ a b (Korean) Dongnae pajeon - Dongnae Pajeon Research Group, Dongnae-gu office

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