Korean Pancakes: Perfect Rainy Day Food

If you watched Kdramas before, you've probably heard someone suggested eating mung bean pancakes (빈대떡 bindaetteok) with makgeolli on rainy days.



If you watched Kdramas before, you've probably heard someone suggested eating mung bean pancakes (빈대떡 bindaetteok) with makgeolli on rainy days.


Buchimgae (부침개) or Korean pancake refers to a savory pancake made with a thick batter and other ingredients (vegetables, seafood, or meat). Korean pancake is one of many foods you'll see during New Year celebrations, but it's not just a celebration food. You can often see them in Korean restaurants as a snack or appetizer. They are also the ultimate comfort food for rainy days.


It's believed that mothers would use whatever ingredients they have in the fridge to make Korean pancakes to appease the kids that cried when they couldn't go out to play on rainy days. Another origin is said to be that farmers make them when it's pouring because they couldn't go out to work. Some even suggested that the sizzling noise of the pancake reminds people of the pitter-patter of the rain.


There are many types of Korean pancakes, and here are some of them:

Mung Bean pancake (빈대떡 Bindae-tteok)

Mung bean pancakes are supposedly the most commonly cooked food for Jesa (제사), a ceremony practiced as a memorial to the ancestors.


Seafood pancake (해물파전 Haemul-pajeon)

If you are making a list of must-eat Korean foods, you'll definitely have this one! You can probably see this classic dish in almost every Korean restaurant.


Kimchi pancake (김치부침개 Kimchi-buchimgae/김치전 Kimchi-jeon)

Kimchi pancake is another that's inescapable since kimchi is their signature dish! It's easily the top choice when it comes to picking drunk food.


Of course, besides the classic flavors we just introduced, there are many more that are waiting for you to explore! Although we can't travel to Korea now, try experimenting with different ingredients!

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