This is a classic match of acidity and fried fast food, Korean style. Me and Joe McPherson, Dining Editor of Ten Magazine and Editor of ZenKimchi, wanted some working class Korean food and wine. Jeon is a variety of fried pancakes with vegetables, mussels, squid, crab sticks and zucchini fried in flour batter. Leeks, onions and chillis add spice and spring freshness. We went for the mixed plate. The dish above is the small size and goes for 7,000 won at a local hole in the wall restaurant. Enough food for two of us. Unpretenious and filling.
We had St Urbans-Hof Mosel Reisling 2007. Light at 10% alcohol but enough acidity and spritz to handle the fried jeon. Refeshing tropical flavors but not sweet like a lot of reislings in Korea. Not expensive either. Only 34,000 won retail. Good wine and food match.
By Joshua Hall.