Korean scallion pancake (pajeon, p'ajon or pa jun)
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 8minutes
Total Time 18minutes
Author Connie Veneracion
1cupKorean pancake mix(buchimgae)
1small or half a large carrotpeeled and cut into matchsticks
handful of the freshest mung bean sprouts that you can find
bunch of scallionscut into one-inch lengths
vegetable cooking oil
Add water to the pancake mix. How much? Start with 1/2 cup of water for a cup of pancake mix. Stir the water and pancake mix. The consistency should be similar to Western pancake batter. Rather thin and pourable but not watery. If the mixture is too lumpy and thick, add more water little by little until you get the correct consistency.
Start adding the vegetables. First, the carrot sticks. Then, the mung bean sprouts. Finally, the scallions. Of course, you can change the order entirely. Or use some other combination of vegetables. But since this is a scallion pancake, don’t leave out the scallions.
When all the vegetables have been added to the batter, stir.
Set the stove to medium heat. Pour enough oil into a frying fan so that the bottom is completely covered with oil. If you’re not using a non-stick pan, heat the pan before adding the oil to prevent the pancake from sticking. Don’t ask how that happens, I only know that it works.
Pour in the batter. Using a spatula or the back of spoon, swirl the batter to spread it. Or, tilt the pan around to get the same effect.
When the underside of the pancake browns along the edges (or you can lift the pancake carefully to peek underneath), flip it using a wide turner or spatula. Or, if you can manage it (I can’t), toss the pancake into the air to flip it.
When both sides of the pancake are nicely browned, and crisp, lift and transfer the Korean scallion pancake to a cutting board. Cut the pancake into wedges. Why wedges and not rectangles or squares? To give everyone a share of the beautifully crisp edges.
There is a traditional dipping sauce for Korean scallion pancakes but I made my own: hoisin sauce, black vinegar, chili flakes and a little sesame seed oil.
The video shows the ingredients you need in lieu of ready-to-use Korean pancake mix.
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