Vegetable Pajeon (Korean Scallion Pancakes With Vegetables)
Crisp at the edges, soft at the center and filled with scallions and other vegetables, these irresistible, comforting pancakes (adapted from Sohui Kim of Insa and the Good Fork restaurants in Brooklyn) make for a quick dinner that you can throw together on any given weeknight. It’s extremely forgiving, so feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Ms. Kim recommends finely shredded raw vegetables, or even leftover cooked vegetables. And if you don’t have the bandwidth to make a dipping sauce, a drizzle of soy sauce and squirt of Sriracha adds verve without any work. Serve pajeon by itself or topped with a fried egg or two, if you want to add protein.
- Serves: 3 persons
- ½cup all-purpose flour
- ½cup potato starch (or 1/4 cup each white rice flour and cornstarch)
- ¾teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed
- ½teaspoon baking powder
- ¾cup ice water
- 1large egg
- ¼cup finely chopped kimchi
- 4cups finely chopped or grated mixed vegetables (carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, kale, whatever you’ve got)
- 4scallions, cut into 2-inch-long sections and thinly sliced lengthwise
- 2tablespoons grapeseed or peanut oil, plus more as needed
- 3tablespoons soy sauce
- 2teaspoons rice wine vinegar, plus more to taste
- 1teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger or garlic (optional)
- ½teaspoon sesame oil, plus more to taste
- Pinch of granulated sugar
Step 1Prepare the pancakes: In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, potato starch, salt and baking powder.
Step 2In a medium bowl, combine water, egg and kimchi. Whisk kimchi mixture into flour mixture, and whisk until smooth. Fold in vegetables and about three-quarters of the scallions. (Save the rest for garnish.)
Step 3In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Scoop 1/4 cup portions of batter into the skillet, as many as will fit while not touching, flatten, and fry until dark golden on the bottom, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue to fry until other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with a little more salt. Continue with remaining batter.
Step 4Before serving, make the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, vinegar, ginger or garlic (if using), sesame oil and sugar. Sprinkle sliced scallion over pancakes, and serve with dipping sauce on the side.