Korean Kitchenette: Pajeon

Pajeon or “green onion pancake”  is probably one of the easiest, fastest, and most delicious Korean dishes you can make. While the base of the dish is “pa,” green onion, you can add other vegetables or even seafood to the dish, making it a great way to use up leftover produce you may have in your fridge. As usual, I based my recipe off one from this site.

 

Pajeon:

You’ll need:
– about 5 bulbs of green onion
– 1/2 cup flour
– 1/2 cup water
– 1 teaspoon soy bean paste
– 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
– 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
– additional vegetables (optional)
– soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and sesame seeds for sauce (optional)

 

 

ingredients

 

 

1. Mix water, flour, soybean paste, and sugar together to create batter. (I only used sugar the first time I made this. Never use it anymore. Also, you don’t want watery batter…) 

 

2. Cut green onion into 5 inch long pieces. Add sesame seed oil to pan heated on medium.  Arrange green onions in parallel lines in pan.

green onion

 

3. Immediately pour batter over green onions. Press with spatula to help batter seep through vegetables.

batter

 

4. When batter on perimeter of the pancake is cooked (solid), flip.

pancake

 

5. When second side is thoroughly cooked, cut and enjoy!

pajeon

 

(If you’d like, you can eat the pancake with a dipping sauce: 1 part apple cider vinegar, 2 parts soy sauce, sesame seeds and red pepper to taste)

 

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5 comments

  1. dosirakbento · August 13, 2014

    Looks delicious. I sometimes make this as well, and add courgette or seafood. I have never used sesame oil for frying though, does it affect the taste much?

    • Averi · August 14, 2014

      Thanks! Zucchini? That sounds great as well. I usually just add red bell pepper to mine… The sesame oil adds a bit of a nutty flavor, which is nice since the batter is a bit bland on its own.

      • dosirakbento · August 14, 2014

        I grate the zucchini first and squeeze out all the liquid to avoid diluting the batter :-)
        Will try out next time with sesame oil :-)

  2. maryseeo · August 17, 2014

    The only way I like eating pa :) Awesome post!
    -Mary from Skinny Chopsticks

    • Averi · September 17, 2014

      Thanks! Cool blog you have :)

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