Dajeon Tea House is perhaps the only few good vegan restaurants here in Busan. The food in Busan has been a bit dull, despite all the options available and positive review they received, this one is the only one that made it to my ‘must-go-again’ list.
Dajeon Tea House is located in Seomyeon, the commercial district and transportation hub of Busan. Looks a bit rundown and dirty in the morning, but it comes alive as the day goes on.
Dajeon Tea House only has a couples of things on their menu. We ordered two items off the menu, the Lotus Leaf Rice + Wheat Bulgogi + Tea Set, which was marked as the best selling item and the Steamed Mandu (dumplings).
Not knowing what to expect, the food came with a bajillion korean side dishes. The table was filled to the brim with food!
The Beef Bulgogi that was made with gluten is particularly good. The texture is very tender and bursting with flavour. The meat is well marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, garlic, onions, ginger, and sugar. Whole cloves of garlic, sliced onions, chopped green peppers and carrots were cooked together. It was then topped with some sesame seeds.
Some lettuce, spinach, or other leafy vegetables were served on the side, which is used to wrap a slice of cooked meat, often times along with a dab of ssmajang (a thick spicy paste, a common Korean condiment), kimchi or other marinated side dishes, and then eaten as a whole. Nom!
Korean 101: Bul is the Korean word for fire and gogi is meat, therefore, it translates into fire meat. However, it’s not quite spicy in taste but somewhat on the sweet side.
Our second main dish, is actually more of an appetiser or snack. It was Steamed Mandu or Dumplings, but the Korean version. Minced vegetables such as bean sprouts, green onions, shredded kimchi and much more are wrapped in a thine piece of dough and them steamed. It is usually dipped in soy sauce mixed with vinegar before being eaten. Crushed or powder red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru) was added to the sauce mixture for an extra kick!
Along with the many side dishes that was served, two of them particularly stood out. The Crispy Veggie Pancake (Pajun) and Pan Friend Tofu with Spicy Sauce (Dububuchim-yangnyeomjang).
The Crispy pancake is made with a batter mixed with minced carrots, green onions/scallions and other vegetable, served with a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar for its dipping sauce. In translation, jeon (pronounced jun) is the actual battered ingredient and pa means scallions in Korean. The basic type of this dish consists of just scallions along with pancake mix but endless variation of this dish can exists by simply adding other ingredients .
The Pan Fried Tofu was a simple dish yet delicious dish. The tofu completely absorbed the spicy soy sauce that was drizzled on top. It was packed with so much flavour!
Address: 240-12 Bujeon 2i-Dong Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea
부산진구 신천대로62번길 61, 부산광역시, 614-846, 대한민국
Phone Number: +82-518086363
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 12:00pm -11:00pm