It’s that time of year again where people head home for good. One friend who I don’t see very often surprised me with an announcement she was heading home, so I scrambled for a date that would work for both of us before she did. We decided to meet at Hoegi which happens to have a pajeon street. Pajeon is like a savory Korean pancake. There’s a ton of different types and I’ve had delicious ones and I’ve had spicy ones that make me sad. I find them super comforting.
It was kind of late when we arrived and super crowded. Large groups were everywhere and celebrating all sorts of events. We stayed a long time, enough time that it began to empty out and I was able to get a picture of a much quieter restaurant. There are two floors, we ate upstairs.
The menu can be found on the walls. We ordered a set and a grape makgeolli. I’m not always the biggest fan of makgeolli. (Makgeolli is a milky rice alchohol usually consumed in bowl like cups) But I really liked this one as did my friend. On the menu it can be found as 총포도막걸리 and it cost 4,000 won for the bottle.
We also decided on the H set which came with 파전 (pajeon) + 꼬치오뎅탕 (fish cake soup/stew as seen below)+옥수수콘 (sweet corn)+ 떡볶이 (tteokbokki spicy rice cake)+ 음료 (drink).
Essentially we got all the popular street food snacks for 22,000won. Which split by two isn’t bad. It was too much food for the two of us. (Well especially since two of the menu items were spicy so I had to tap out, the fish cake soup and tteokbokki are not friends to my palate.)
Since they were so busy we didn’t receive our corn until much later when we realized we hadn’t got it and called them over. Our included drink was a Sprite that we ordered and we were also given hardtack to snack on which are little biscuits/crackers and of course kimchi. It was a lot of fun to sit in the busy area and enjoy our well prepared street food. 이모네 파전 is open from 4pm until midnight (12am) every day.