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Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes

03/03/2016 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

These Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes can usually be found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack that’s just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home, it’s the perfect excuse to have healthy savoury pancakes for dinner!

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. | wandercooks.com

So I think it’s kinda remarkable that over our 12 month overseas adventure we never really got sick. And by sick I mean ‘cold’ sick. The coughs, the splutters, the sniffles. The works.

(Okay yes, there were the occasional bouts of tummy sick, but that’d be way TMI to talk about here. 😛 )

Now that the travel pressure is off, I think my immune system has decided to go on its own holiday, leaving me with big time coughs and splutters while Sarah’s bouncing around all happy and healthy.

I’m thoroughly NOT impressed!

But… have to say, being sick does come with a few little privileges. Like having freshly brewed coffee brought to your bedside in the morning. And piping hot home-cooked meals brought to your table at night.

Yep, it’s not all bad.

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. | wandercooks.com

While I’m technically out of ‘kitchen’ action, Sarah’s whipping up an experimental creation for dinner tonight which we’ll share with you guys soon. (hint hint: think smoky beef and bacon, mm mmm!).

Meanwhile since I can’t cook I’ve been reminiscing about some of the super delicious food we ate on our wandering adventure.

Like this deliciously savoury Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancake. As much of a mouthful to eat as it is to say, these pancakes are a ridiculously popular street food in South Korea, and we were lucky to learn the recipe from our friend Ellie at F&C Korean Food & Culture Academy.

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. | wandercooks.com

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes

There’s a heap of spicy Korean kimchi in there, along with fresh mixed seafood, and of course Asian flat leaf spring onion, the ‘pa’ in pajeon.

Paaahhhhjeeeaaawwwwwnnnnn. It really is the coolest pancake around.

The tip to a perfect pajeon is to use heaps of oil. Heat plenty in the pan before you add the pancake mixture, then plenty more around the edges to make things golden brown and crispy.

Then, of course, comes the flipping, which I usually leave to Sarah because I’m literally incapable of flipping pancakes without ending up with a sprawling mess. Have you seen my abysmal Banh Xeo flip? What is even going on there?! 

How about you? Have you mastered the flippin’ technique? Care to share your tips and advice?

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. | wandercooks.com

The best way to eat Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes is to dip them in a flavour-packed soy based sauce.

So much yum here guys. If you also manage to cut it and eat with chopsticks, that’s at least two extra bonus points for you. 😉

Savoury pancakes make for a really good excuse to have pancakes for dinner. Just saying.

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. | wandercooks.com

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Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancake - Known as Haemul Pajeon, this is commonly found on the streets of South Korea. A quick, crispy and crunchy snack just waiting to be flipped onto your plate at home. | wandercooks.com

Crispy Korean Kimchi Seafood Pancakes

Delicious golden brown Korean pancakes ready to eat in just a few flips. You're sure to have a clean plate and a full stomach at the end of this meal! Recipe suitable for one large pancake or two small ones.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Korean pancake mix - see notes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh mixed seafood of your choice ie oysters, calamari, octopus etc
  • 1 bunch flat Asian chives chopped (substitutes: green onions or chives)
  • ½ cup kimchi finely chopped
  • ½ cup cabbage chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp canola oil

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder optional

Instructions

  • Mix the soy sauce, water, vinegar, minced garlic and chilli powder in a dipping bowl and set aside.
  • Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl with the water and egg. Mix until batter is smooth.
  • Add the green onions and seafood mix to the batter and mix until well combined.
  • Heat half the oil in a frypan on high and then turn down to medium. Pour the batter mix into the pan and press out to the edges of the pan. Add a little more oil around the edges of the pancake until you can see the oil bubbling. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Flip the pancake and cook the other side, adding a little more oil as necessary around the edges.
  • Continue cooking and flipping until the seafood has been cooked and the pancake is a delicious golden brown colour.
  • Serve immediately with the dipping sauce.

Notes

If you don't have access to Korean pajeon pancake mix you can substitute with 1 cup of all-purpose flour (corn or potato flour is best) and ½ tsp baking powder.
Ensure all ingredients added to the pancake mix are as dry as possible. Squeeze or pat the green onions and/or seafood mix if necessary.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Georgina | Culinary Travels
    09/03/2016 at 3:19 am

    They look absolutely amazing. I’m loving all the flavours going on there.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/03/2016 at 9:14 am

      Mm hmm! Crispy, spicy, savoury… what’s not to love?! 😀

  • Reply
    AiPing | Curious Nut
    08/03/2016 at 10:35 am

    Coolest pancake indeed. I love it to death. I’m so happy that I live just next to Korean Town here in LA. But I’ve recently learned how to make these babies at home so no need to eat out. SO GOOD! On a side note, get well soon Laura. And no, we both don’t do well flipping pancakes. I should be somewhat thankful my hubs love to do ONLY that portion of the cooking process. Tsk tsk.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      09/03/2016 at 8:39 am

      Well, sometimes we gotta take what we can get haha. In my case, I’m super glad that at least ONE of us is capable come flipping time. I’m heaps better now thanks AiPing! But eeeep, now I think it’s Sarah’s turn for the dreaded cold. Hopefully she can fight it off better than I did…

  • Reply
    Noel
    03/03/2016 at 11:28 am

    There’s something about street food / food cart food that speaks to the soul – in every language!
    Here’s hoping you get done being sicky soon.

    stumbled and yummed

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/03/2016 at 8:03 am

      Exactly Noel! Laura’s on the mend thankfully, and just in time for our weekend getaway. There is much Balderdash to be played!

  • Reply
    Tracy @ Served from Scratch
    03/03/2016 at 11:13 am

    Um you kind of just blew my mind with this recipe. Pinning it to my Must Make board now!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/03/2016 at 8:00 am

      Hahaha brilliant Tracy! I hope the taste is just as awesome 😀

  • Reply
    michele
    03/03/2016 at 10:57 am

    These look absolutely delicious… Im going to try making the Korean Pancake mix as you suggested! Thanks 🙂 (you know, any excuse to avoid going back to the market!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/03/2016 at 8:00 am

      Great idea, and totally agree! It’s so simple to make too 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah
    03/03/2016 at 10:46 am

    Genius. Amazing. Delicious. I can’t wait to make this and am even more excited to eat this!!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/03/2016 at 7:59 am

      Woohoo! Thanks, Sarah. Hope you have fun flipping 😉

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