Wanja jeon (Pan-fried Meat Patties)

Wanja jeon (Pan-fried Meat Patties)

Wanja jeon (Pan-fried Meat Patties)

Egg batter is used to form these pan-fried Korean tiny Wanja jeon (Pan-fried Meat Patties). They are tasty, soft, and moist.Most Korean houses prepare a variety of jeon dishes (pan-fried battered food) for their holiday feast on traditional holidays like Chuseok (mid-autumn festival) and Seollal (New Year’s Day).

Wanja-jeon is one of the preferred options. It is also known as gogi-jeon. Gogi wanja, or meatballs, are a common ingredient in many traditional Korean dishes like soups and hot pots. They are known as wanja-jeon when they are pan-fried and egg-battered. The meatballs are gently patted into tiny patties and used to make jeon.

Beef Vindaloo Recipe

In many traditional Korean recipes, including soups and hot pots, meatballs, or gogi wanja,  employed. They  known as wanja-jeon when they  dipped in egg batter and fried in a skillet. The meatballs are formed into tiny patties and then gently pressed to make jeon.

I adored these tiny meatballs with egg batter when I was a kid growing up in Korea. We referred to them by their amusing moniker, “a round object,” or dong-geu-rang-ddeng . I am aware that it is difficult to say, but it is one of those words that brings a smile to your face when it is. They were popular to pack in the lunchboxes for the students. It was always a wonderful pleasure to have a few of these meatballs with a dinner back then because beef was a luxury in Korea.


  •  6 ounces tofu squeezed and crushed
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/2 medium carrot
  • 2 scallions


  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt  and pepper to taste
  • 3 eggs beaten well
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • oil for pan-frying


  • Cut the vegetables into little pieces.
  • Squeeze out as much water as you can from the tofu by placing it in a cheese cloth or kitchen towel. Any tofu that is a large piece should crumbled.
  • Crush any remaining large bits of tofu as you mix all the prepared ingredients together by hand thoroughly until everything  well-combined. If you want to check if it needs more salt, heat it briefly in the microwave or in a pan.
  • Form the dough into 1-inch balls, and then gently press each ball to flatten it between your palms.
  • One at a time, thoroughly coat the patties with flour. Shake off any extra flour.


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