Makgeolli and Pajeon

Koreans eat pajeon and makgeolli on rainy days.

In fact, ‘makgeolli’ is the most sold on a rainy day. During the rainy season in the summer, large-sized marts sell crushed flour and ‘makgeolli’ as a set. This is a culture that originated because Korea was once an agricultural country. Drinking like relaxation is ‘makgeolli’.


‘Makgeolli’ is native. So it makes korean think of hometown. This made Korean workers to think about the hometown in the 1960s and 1970s when Korea made money from abroad. Since then, another local food, Pajeon and ‘Makgeolli’ began to be woven together, and the culture continues to this day.


Once upon a time, Pajeon was a very precious food. And in the old days, green beans were used more than green onions. This green bean actually helps hangover. So, people have been drinking a lot with this combination since that times. The results of the actual study also stated that the two foods were nutritionally correct.

The reason to eat pajeon on a rainy day is because the sound of baking pajeon is similar to the sound of rain. This may not make sense. However, if you actually visit a pajeon shop and listen to the sound of the pajeon, you can think of it as similar. Many foreigners go to Pajeon shop when they come to Korea.


Pajeon didn’t have many types in the past. However, as Korea developed, there were many different kinds of warfare. They put seafood like green onions, meat as well, and many other ‘jeons’ derived from pajeon.

There are also many varieties of makgeolli. Because makgeolli is made from rice, people who hate odor may have a feeling of rejection. But nowadays, there are also makgeolli with chestnuts, and young people use a lot of ways to make makgeolli with cider and make it more delicious. You can also add strawberries or choose one that suits your taste.


It is recommended that foreigners who come to Korea eat ‘pajeon’ and ‘makgeolli’ if it rains during travel.


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