Monday, October 24, 2011

The Origin of Meat Jun

Meat jun, a popular dish in Hawaii, originates from the Korean dish '고기전' (meat fritter), pronounced 'gogijuhn'. '고기' stands for meat and '전' stands for 'fritter'. 고기전 is usually made by seasoning meat and then dipping it into batter to be fried. There are many variations of this dish as can be seen here, but here are a few of the well known versions, usually made of beef:

Pork 고기전 or 돼지 고기전 via 빵굽는타자기

According to Grace Keh of San Francisco Food, "This is one of those Korean dishes that is commonly presented at parties and feasts, but for some reason, this dish is rarely served up on casual dinner tables. In fact, this applies to many different “jun” dishes including the ever popular fish-jun (생선전). The reason is perhaps due to this being the type of dish that requires quite a bit of preparation and time, and historically, food like “jun” were prepared for the emperor of the country. Meat or fish needed for this dish was not readily available for the common folk. Even in modern day Korea, when a special occasion comes up, the ladies will gather to make all kinds of jun. . . . it’s not readily made or served in Korean restaurants. You would also have to ask for “Gogi-Jun”, should they have it. It will be more commonly found at buffet restaurants, or at any Korean festivity." Outside of these occasions, you will see jun most frequently prepared for jesa (제사), a Korean ceremony to honor one's ancestors.

Here is her English recipe for 고기전:

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