Kimchi Pancakes are a popular dish in South Korea, made by incorporating kimchi into a savory pancake batter. Here’s a basic recipe for making Kimchi Pancakes:
- 1 cup kimchi (well-fermented and drained)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 green onions (sliced)
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- Prepare the Kimchi:
- If your kimchi is too watery, gently squeeze out excess liquid from the kimchi. Then, chop the kimchi into small pieces.
- Make the Batter:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, water, egg, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until you have a smooth batter.
- Add Kimchi and Green Onions:
- Add the chopped kimchi and sliced green onions to the batter. Mix until the kimchi and green onions are evenly distributed.
- Heat the Pan:
- Heat a non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and spread it around to coat the pan.
- Cook the Pancakes:
- Once the pan is hot, ladle a portion of the batter onto the pan to form a pancake. Use the back of the ladle to spread the batter into a thin and even circle.
- Fry the Pancakes:
- Cook the pancake for about 2-3 minutes on one side, until the edges become crispy and the bottom is golden brown.
- Flip and Cook:
- Carefully flip the pancake using a spatula and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side, until it’s golden brown and crispy.
- Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed to prevent sticking.
- Once the pancakes are cooked, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Cut the pancakes into wedges and serve them warm.
- Dipping Sauce (Optional):
- You can serve the kimchi pancakes with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce, vinegar, a splash of sesame oil, and a pinch of sesame seeds. Adjust the ratios according to your taste.
Kimchi pancakes are often enjoyed as a side dish or appetizer in South Korea, and they’re especially popular during gatherings or as a snack. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients like shrimp, squid, or vegetables to create your own variations.