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Korean-Style Vegetable Pancakes

Quick and easy pancakes loaded with veggie goodness that you can have at any meal.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Korean-ish
Servings 8 4" pancakes

Equipment

  • Frying pan, preferably cast iron

Ingredients
  

Fresh Ingredients:

  • 150 g (1.5 cups) very thinly sliced white cabbage
  • 150 g (1 medium) potato very thinly sliced - I wash it well & leave unpeeled
  • 150 g (1 large) carrot peeled & sliced thinly
  • 2 spring onions (scallions) sliced thinly
  • 2 mild fresh red chillies finely chopped, for colour
  • 2 hot fresh red chillies finely chopped, for heat
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic paste about 2 -3 cloves, minced
  • 1 tbs lemon juice preferably freshly squeezed

Storecupboard/Fridge Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds optional
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil optional
  • 2 large eggs beaten lightly
  • 3/4 cup rice flour or use plain flour or chickpea flour
  • salt, freshly ground black pepper & oil as needed

Instructions
 

  • Place the sliced cabbage, potato, carrot, spring onions , chillies, coriander, garlic paste and lemon juice in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the sesame seeds, soy sauce & sesame oil if using and mix again.
  • Add the eggs & the rice flour and mix to form a very thick batter (see photo). Taste & season if needed. If using plain flour or chickpea flour, you might need a little bit of water to form a cohesive mixture.
  • Heat about a tbsp of oil on a cast iron pan & drop about 1/2 a cup of the batter. Press down with the back of a spoon or a spatula to make a flat pancake about 4" across. Make a couple more on the same pan at the same time if there's space. Do not crowd them, though.
  • Fry for about 5 minutes on each side on low heat until crisp & the potatoes are cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with chilli oil , dark soy sauce, chilli sauce or anything else you fancy.

Notes

1. I have kept the ingredients basic so you don't need to go buy specialist ingredients. But if you have Korean ingredients such as gochugaru & kimchi lying around, by all means, do use them.
2. You can substitute the fresh red chillies for crushed dried red chillies.
3. If you so wish, add a handful of finely chopped prawns ( preferably uncooked) or cooked chicken to the vegetables.
4. It is important to slice the vegetables, the potatoes in particular, very thinly so that they cook quickly & evenly. Raw cabbage & carrots are edible but raw potatoes, not so much.
5. These do take a little while to cook because the potatoes will need that much time. Increasing the amount of oil to fry will hasten this process somewhat.
Keyword cabbage, eggs, jeon, korean, pancakes, potato