[잉그리드의 전주살이] Jeonju Dutch Pancake Night
[잉그리드의 전주살이] Jeonju Dutch Pancake Night
  • Ingrid 전주대 교수
  • 승인 2018.05.10 19:06
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On Facebook I saw an announcement for a Jeonju Dutch Pancake Night. I didn’t know what it was, but I was intrigued. DUTCH pancakes. Having Dutch immigrants for parents, I was raised primarily Dutch and I knew my friends didn’t know what Dutch pancakes were. When I mentioned them when I was younger I would be “corrected” and told they were crepes, French pancakes. I learned to ignore them. When I discovered it wasn’t a group in Jeonju sponsoring this event, I figured it must be someone, well, Dutch. I invited two of my friends, one Canadian and one Korean, who both begged off at the last moment because they were tired. I was dragging my butt also but I didn’t want to miss this. Apparently there are Dutch pancake nights happening all over Korea, the next one in Daegu on May 5, Gyeongju on May 9 and Busan on May 12. The event was free but we were asked to buy drinks at the event and, if we wanted to, please bring toppings. I decided to stop by a local food store and bring strawberries and picked up some whipping cream. So I whipped the cream, washed and sliced the berries and went off by myself.
When I got to 1% Hostel, which is near the street with all the book stores, it was already busy. I walked in, found an empty table and put my bag down. Then I went to the centre stage of cooking and a tall blonde man identified himself as Robin from Amsterdam and asked where I was from. He asked if I could cook my own pancakes and I told him that I brought strawberries and cream. Other people brought Nutella, bananas, jam, grapes, bananas, maple syrup, assorted nuts and even vanilla ice cream. I had never seen grapes on pancakes but whatever. Many people made their own pancakes but some were not used to the thin pancakes the Dutch like and instead tried to make thick pancakes but they didn’t work out to well. The place was full. There were probably as many Koreans as foreigners. I asked the lady who shared my table if she was on Jeonju Knowledge and she told me she saw it on an events page in Korean. She brought her daughter and her camera. Lots of people were taking pictures of people eating or of their culinary creations. One man who I had met before at my friend’s English class offered me a pancake with jam and bananas but I declined as I had my heart set on strawberries and cream, plus bananas are not a favored fruit of mine. 
I looked up the pancake event page and found that Robin has been doing these pancake events all over the world. He visited Mexica and South America before coming to Korea and had done them in many major cities over there and already scheduled more in other countries over Asia, with the next ones planned for Japan. I scrolled through the events page and he has been to many places and arranged many events. He said he has been to 78 countries. This is one organized man. Besides eat and cook, we had to strike a pose and remain in that pose without moving as a couple of people moved around us taking a movie of us acting like mannequins. I also met some people I knew, another woman of Dutch heritage. She and I both had come, wondering if he was going to make poffertjes, which are small Dutch pancakes, just big enough for 2 bites. But no, just the regular Dutch pancakes. I asked him why he has these pancake events and he tells me it is just for fun, he gets to meet many people and it isn’t expensive, just about 20,000 won (twenty dollars) each time. He said he never had trouble finding a place to hold the event or getting the ingredients. I did when I first came to Korea and couldn’t read Korean, but I guess there is English or a picture on almost everything these days, He quit a 70 hour a week job working for a consulting firm and now travels and makes events, bringing people together one pancake at a time. For more information, look on facebook under Dutch Pancake events.


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