Pajeon - Korean Savoury Pancakes (전)

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I can take no credit for this creation, despite how pretty it looks, because Dave was the chef. This is a very classic recipe for a Korean savoury pancake which is adapted from a recipe in my current favourite cook book Our Korean Kitchen. Jeon - or pancake - is a popular dish in Korea and I've tried it two ways - as haemul pajeon (seafood pancake) and as kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake). 

Seafood Jeon

Serves 2 as a snack or 1 as a main: 

Ingredients: 
Pancake: 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 100g plain flour 
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil 
  • 5 spring onions 
  • Fresh sliced red chilli - as much or little as you want 
  • 2 fat garlic cloves 
  • Salt 
Dipping sauce: 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil 
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely diced 

Ingredients for Korean pancake

Method: 
  • In a bowl, mix the flour, one beaten egg, sesame oil, 1/4 tsp salt and the garlic. 
  • Slowly whisk in 150ml cold water into the bowl until you have a runny batter (the book suggests the consistency of pouring cream).
  • Place a 22cm frying pan on the heat with a drizzle of oil and when hot, ladle two thirds of the batter in. Making sure the batter is evenly spread, lay the spring onions down into the mix and scatter with the chilli. 
  • Drizzle the rest of the batter on top of the spring onions so that they are encased in the middle of the pancake. 
  • Cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on both sides until crispy and golden all over. 
So - there you have it, a basic Korean spring onion pancake recipe. You could play around and add some different ingredients to it - adding prawns would make it a classic seafood pancake. Or you could add other vegetables, kimchi or even (not strictly authentic) strips of cooked chicken. 

When cooked, slice it into squares and eat with the dipping sauce. You could also use sweet chilli or sriracha to dip but I prefer the salty tang from the soy sauce. 

Eggs and flour for pancakes
Making spring onion pancakes
Dipping sauce and Korean pancakes

12 comments

  1. I've never heard of anything like this before, it looks like something I would really enjoy eating! :-)

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    1. Thanks Jemma - you'll have to give it a try! Let me know how it turns out :-)

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  2. Wow, these look amazing - love the vegetables 'hidden' inside the pancakes, what an awesome idea.

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    1. And I reckon you could experiment with these and add things like mushrooms. Hidden veggies! Good for kids and fussy other halves.. ;-)

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  3. What a gorgeous idea... I particularly like the idea of the dipping sauce and would probably add some marinated tofu for my veggie husband. Yummity yum!

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    1. Yep, the dipping sauce is a must, this is meant as a snack or communal food :-)

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  4. Oh my, that looks so good. Weirdly I have the book, but it seemed very meat orientated, so I've not actually used it. Will have to look again now.

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    1. Yes, Korean food is very fish / meat oriented and even seemingly veggie things often have fish sauce in them. Lots of meaty things in this book!

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  5. I had never seen a recipe like this, it has intrigued me, sounds tasty!

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  6. Lots of my fave flavours in there. Loving this Gingey. MAKE IT MEEEEE when I come visit please. I was a Korean feast x

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  7. Just pinned this- it looks amazing.

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