Nakseo Pajeon (낙서)

Name: Nakseo Pajeon (낙서 파전)

Location: Hoegi Station (회기), ‘Pajeon Alley’

Reviewed by:Mamas & Papas on: 21st July, 2012

Thoughts:  We had been recommended by numerous sources that this place has some of the best pajeon in town…and they were not wrong!  We were surprised at how easy it was to get there, despite not being in one of the more popular regions of Seoul.

LOCATION                                       FOOD

Service:        ****                                Haemul Pajeon :  ****1/2

Style:             ****                                Kimchi Pajeon:    ****1/2

Ambience:  ****                                Dtakdori tang:      ***

OVERALL:  *** 1/2                           Dubu Kimchi:       ***

MAKGEOLLI

Kooksudang Fresh (국수당 생막걸리):      ***   (sweet, fresh, classic green bottle)

Nakseo (Draw) Pajeon doesn’t look like much from the outside, but is warm and cosy on the inside.  It’s a loud, bustling, and social makgeolli house with space for large groups or small.  One of our Mamas said she had been coming to Nakseo for years, and not much has changed.   This is the place for really thick, warming pajeon and fresh, crisp makgeolli.

What Mamas & Papas liked : Do we need to say it again??  The pajeon!! It’s the thickest any of our Mamas and Papas have encountered, and it’s crispy crunchy on the outside with a soft warm filling.  Many preferred the Kimchi Jeon as it had the perfect balance of delicious kimchi, onions, and thick crispy jeon.   One Mama said ‘It tastes better than it looks!’, which is saying something since it looks phenomenal.   Mamas & Papas also liked….the price!  We were hard pressed to spend our money at Nakseo, and we were really trying!  Probably one of the best value for money places in our reviewing history.

What Mamas & Papas didn’t like: The Dubu Kimchi.  It was presented quite beautifully, but was a bit average on the taste.  One Mama was quite vocal...’Where’s the pork?!’.  

It can also get a bit crowded, and if you’re looking for any floor pillows to sit on you may need to look again.  However we think it all adds to the rustic charm.

 

How to get there:

Head to Hoegi (회기) Station on Line 1 and come out of exit 1.  Walk down for about 5 minutes and you will see Pajeon Alley on your left.  Nakseo is on the left hand side of the street.

Address:

서울 동대문구 휘경동 319-32

Map

Links:

Nakseo Pajeon has received a number of other reviews, so if you’d like to check out what other people thought of it, here are some links.

Hannah Bae  of CNNgo does a great review for the top 5 places for Bindaetteok including Nakseo here, and also at the Chosun Ilbo here.

Honest Cooking has a good review of Nakseo here.

Have you been to Nakseo before?   Tried more dishes or have more opinions? More questions?  Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think!