Veggie filled pancakes with spicy dipping sauce. Who’s in?
This is one of those recipes that we say add to your repertoire. Korean Pancakes, known as Pajun (Pajeon) are made from a standard savory pancake batter mixed with various fresh vegetables, then are pan-fried to perfection. They are easy to make and work on many different levels. These savory bites are great as an appetizer, a main dish for vegetarians, a side to your steak or as an entrée for Asian night. Plus, it’s kid-friendly!
Recipe: Korean Pancakes (Pajun)
First, whisk up the soy dipping sauce. Next, beat the pancake batter. Then, let the batter rest while you chop up the veggies. Use a mandolin or julienne finely.
For the Pajun:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 cups freshly grated potatoes or frozen hash browns, completely thawed
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced julienne
- 1 small zucchini, sliced julienne
- 1 bunch green onions, cut in 1 in. sections
- Pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil for cooking
For the Dipping Sauce:
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tb. rice vinegar
- 2 Tb. sugar
- 1 Tb. sesame oil
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 tsp. sesame seeds
- 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
- Place all the dipping sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk and warm in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, just long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Whisk again and set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the flour, water, egg and salt. Set the batter aside to rest.
- Preheat two non-stick skillets to medium high heat. Slice all the veggies julienne (long thin strips) and mix into the batter. Pepper to taste. If the batter still seems very thick, after the veggies are mixed in, add 2-3 tablespoons of water and mix well.
- Now add a little oil to each skillet and swirl around. Ladle enough veggie batter into each skillet to completely cover the bottom. Fry for 4-5 minutes, per side.
- Repeat with remaining batter. *Using two 12 inch skillets, you should have enough batter to make 4 large pancakes.
- Cut the Korean pancakes into wedges and serve warm with the dipping sauce.
Yield: 8 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Recipe provided by A Spicy Perspective