Everything You Need To Know About Eating Pajeon

The perfect setting in for the Korean point of view to treat yourself to Pajeon is on a rainy gloomy day. And, of course, it tastes best when served with makgeolli and eaten in good company.

A Rainy day in Seoul
A Rainy day in Seoul, a perfect day for Pajeon

You know those rainy days when after a day of hard work your body gets all chilly, well if in one of those days you walk through the alleys of Seoul all you will smell is Pajeon in restaurants crowded with friends and coworkers.

Or even better, just picture this. It’s raining, it’s cold and you hear the sizzling noise of a Pajeon cooking at a street pop up bar. Then comes that delicate and inviting smell. Trust me it’s impossible to walk by without stopping for a quick bite to eat.

So Why do Koreans eat pajeon on a rainy day?

This is something Koreans have been passing down over generations in the past 100 years. I also read an article that gives some insights to why this is the case and here they are.

1.Increased appetite

According to a survey of patients visiting an obesity clinic, more than 80% of respondents said their appetite increased even more on rainy or cloudy days.

The reason why appetite increases on rainy days is because the amount of sunlight decreases due to cloudy weather, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter called the happiness hormone, decreases. In other words, it may be due to the desire to relieve it by eating while in a depressed mood.

2.Lower body temperature

When it rains, the body temperature is lower than usual, so the body tris to maintain its body temperature. Therefore, the digestive function is activated so you can feel the hunger more. In addition, when the temperature decreases, blood vessels constrict and blood in internal organs increases.
And they instinctively look for warm food or high-calorie food, so they want warm and high-calorie jeon, chicken, or fried food.

In korean traditional medicine, green onion is considered a spicy and strong smelling food.
The spicy taste has the function of dissipating energy warming the body to help improve Yang(one of our body’s energies). Therefore, eating pajeon on a rainy day can help up your energy and changing mood. Turning your frown upside down.

My Home Made Pajeon
My Home Made Pajeon

3. Time and Relaxation

When it rains, various outdoor activities are restricted, and many people stay indoors, which can lead to greater cravings for food due to time and psychological relaxation.
In particular, because it is impossible to work outdoors when it rains, the food culture during the farming period, “Use the remaining ingredients and serve them in a mungbean pancake” is still passed down as a custom.

4. Instinctive reaction to sound

There is a theory that the crackling sound of the falling raindrops hitting the window or the floor is similar to the sound of the dough that comes into contact with the oil when cooking it in a pan. In fact, as a result of an experiment conducted by a broadcasting company, it was found that the frequency of the two sounds was approximately 90% identical.