Here’s a recipe for a really yummy Korean appetizer dish. It’s simple, quick, and very tasty! The pancake batter can be made from scratch with eggs, flour, scallions, and water. The pancake mixes are also available in small packages at Korean supermarkets. It’s much easier than making it from scratch, because all you have to do is add water to the mix until you reach a good consistency. Once you have the batter, you can add your choice of ingredients. Popular ingredients include varieties of seafood, imitation crab meat, shrimp, green and red peppers, and kimchi. Here’s one version that we made.
- About 1 1/3 cup of Korean pancake mix
- About 2 cups water
(Here comes the list of goodies…)
- 1 onion, cut into small ~2 inch pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into small ~2 inch pieces
- 1 Chinese chives, chopped
- 1 scallion, chopped
- SPAM ham, cut into small pieces (didn’t have anything else…)
- Imitation crab meat, peeled apart
(You can go all out and include other ingredients like… red bell peppers, carrots, sesame seeds, etc. Normally, it’s a seafood pancake, but since we didn’t really have any seafood available, we settled by using SPAM. For the whole seafood experience, you can put squid, shrimp, scallops, etc. )
- In a large mixing bowl, pour in the pancake mix and gradually add the water in while mixing. Mix well until the batter gets quite thin.
- Add the vegetables, ham, and imitation crab meat.
- Continue to mix.
- Heat a tbsp of oil in a medium size (8 or 9 inch) skillet.
- Use a ladle to scoop the pancake mix and transfer it onto the pan. (That’s just about the right amount for one pancake!)
- Try to spread the contents evenly, so that you don’t end up with all onions on one corner.
- Cook the pancake over medium heat.
- When the pancake starts to set (in about a couple of minutes or less), flip it over and cook the other side. Then flip again.
- The pancake is ready when it reaches a nice brownish color (not burnt) and starts looking crispy.
- That’s one pancake, so repeat the steps until all the batter is gone.
- Cut the pancake into eighths (kind of like a pizza) and serve with dipping sauce.
Dipping Sauce suggestions:
- Vinegar and Soy sauce combination (about 2 tbsp vinegar and 4 tbsp soy sauce)
- Spicy dumpling sauce
- Citrus soy sauce (Ponzu)