We’ve been having an unusually rainy summer, according to news reports and my parents-in-law (who’ve been staying with us for the past two weeks). Sometimes we feel sentimental when it rains and we crave to have some comfort food. When I was in the Philippines, I’d crave for my sister’s homemade “goto” – a rice porridge with beef tripe. Or sometimes, “champorado” – a chocolatey rice porridge. Here in Korea, the preferred comfort food during the rainy season is “Korean pizza” – could be “pa jeon”, “kamja jeon”, “haemul jeon” or “bindaetteok”.
The “Korean pizza” isn’t like the Italian pizza – dough with cheese and toppings. It is usually made with a flour (or potato or mung bean) batter mixed with veggies or seafood.
* Pa jeon has green onions. “Pa” is Korean for green onions.
* Kamja jeon has a potato based batter. “Kamja” is Korean for potato.
* Haemul jeon has chopped seafoods – mussels, octopus, shells.
* Bindaetteok is made from mung bean.
Here’s one that I ordered from a nearby “Korean Pizza”. Yup, the name of the restaurant is really “Korean Pizza”.
It cost me 10,000 won. It has sliced green onions and chopped octopus. A good place to have “Korean pizza” is at Gwangjang Market near Jongro5-ga station on line 1. I just love their “bindaetteok”. Remember not to eat too much. ;p