Korean Pancakes for Dinner

August 15th, 2011 · 24 Comments · Dinner, Seafood, Vegetarian

Phoebe has been on a tear in the kitchen lately. I would love to say this is due to the fact that she’s watched her parents cook every night for her whole little life, and so now, at 9 1/2, her interest in cooking has finally kicked into high gear, but I think it’s more likely due to something else: Farm Camp. She has spent the last four weeks spraying pigs to keep them cool (did you know they don’t sweat?) harvesting yellow cherry tomatoes (which we then bought at the market for $8 a box), examining microbes in the compost pile, herding sheep, and cleaning and collecting eggs. In other words, we’ve been paying for her to do slave labor.

Not really — there are, of course, other activities like soap-making, hikes around the lake, painting with egg tempera, and cooking with the farm chef — a guy named Dan. I don’t know who this Dan guy is, but he not only sent home a little packet of inspired plant-based recipes after the session ended, but he also sent home a blossoming little cook. Last week, Phoebe invited our 20-year-old neighbor/friend/babysitter for dinner and oversaw the production of a pile of Korean Pancakes for her. And when we were finished she held up the heel of a carrot and asked where we keep the compost pile. I guess I know what our next project is.

Korean Pancakes (or pa jun)
They were so good Andy didn’t even mention the shredded zucchini inside. Chef Dan called for only vegetables, but we added shrimp and cooked up the leftover shreds of veggies into a spicy slaw. (Abby: “Mom, why? There’s already a whole salad inside the pancake!”) This recipe makes about 10-12 medium sized pancakes.

4 eggs
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, scallions (chopped) or red onion (slivered)
1/2 cup cooked shrimp, chopped up in to small pieces
vegetable oil

In a large bowl, whisk eggs together until frothy. Add flour and salt and whisk to combine. Add vegetables and shrimp and stir together. Add about 1 cup of icy cold water and whisk until batter has thinned.

Add a few glugs of vegetable oil to a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Pour 1/2 cup portions of batter into pan and cook until crispy on bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes. (I cooked two pancakes at a time.) Keep warm in a 200°F oven until all batter is used up. Serve with dipping sauce.

For Dipping Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the following: 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, couple shakes of hot pepper flakes.

Spicy Stir-fry Slaw: If you have any shredded vegetables left, add more oil, a minced garlic clove, and any leftover onions to the pan (medium heat), then smush in a 1/4 teaspoon red curry paste. Add vegetables and shredded greens (kale or chard) and cook another two minutes until everything has wilted.

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan @ Family Bites // Aug 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Farm camp? How cool is that!

  • 2 Candace // Aug 15, 2011 at 8:36 am

    How wonderful for her to discover cooking at such a young age! Farm camp sounds fantastic. I didn’t even know that they had such a thing. I’m “pinning” the Korean Pancakes to go on the dinner menu for this week. They look absolutely delicious. Thanks, Phoebe!

  • 3 Tonia Collett // Aug 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Those pancakes look amazing, really inspired now!
    Have long stopped disguising the zuchinni (courgettes over here in UK) in meals after my husband ate platefuls in a stir-fry thinking it was cucumber. He ate it like that once, he can again. And he does. But reluctantly.

  • 4 Bodi // Aug 15, 2011 at 9:16 am

    These look fantastic, and may be what I cook for my vegetarian mother this week. Are there any reasonable ways to shred zucchini and carrots without a food processor?

  • 5 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag // Aug 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! MUST TRY immediately! Yes, I echo the previous question — what’s your favorite way to shred carrot — box grater? That’s how I do it but I always worry I’m going to shred myself :)

  • 6 Brittany // Aug 15, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Never heard of Farm Camp. Details please!

  • 7 Monica // Aug 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    i’m korean and i was happy to see that this pancake recipe and dipping sauce recipe are pretty traditional! =) thanks for sharing!

  • 8 Torrie @ a place to share... // Aug 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    We just started composting over the weekend! We can’t believe we waited so long to get started. Really simple, and it’s such a good feeling to drop all of the ‘bits & ends’ into the ‘compost container’ as I cook- instead of the trash or garbage disposal!

  • 9 Caitlin // Aug 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Farm Camp sounds pretty amazing and I kind of wish there was a grownup version. What a great experience for kids when they are at the perfect age to soak it all in. These pancakes look great!

  • 10 julie // Aug 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love the idea of farm camp. Do they have that for grown-ups?

  • 11 JennyOH // Aug 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Totally going to try these with my veggie-phobic toddler. I am also TOTALLY going to try to find a farm camp for her when she’s older! Sounds incredible. I went to a semester program like that (heavily focused on environmental issues including sustainability, included doing farm work) as a teen but would love to start it earlier.

  • 12 Lisa // Aug 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    After reading about your slaw, I stirred some curry paste into our pasta salad dressing tonight. Thanks for the inspiration, it tasted great!

  • 13 Ceri@Sweet Potato Chronicles // Aug 16, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Love veggie pancakes – but really love that you have a new chef in the house!

  • 14 Teresa // Aug 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Is this the Stone Barns camp? Dan wouldn’t be Dan Barber? :-)

  • 15 Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood // Aug 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I adore savory pancakes. We made food from all sorts of cuisines at culinary school (here, I wrote a tell-all: “Culinary School: 101 Things Every Culinary Student Should Know Before They Go” – http://amzn.to/l1k6wg), but nothing Korean, so I grabbed a cookbook and started cooking on my own. That’s where I discovered these. So tasty, so fun, and so fast. Great idea.

  • 16 Erika // Aug 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Excellent recipe! First time I’ve gotten veggie pancakes to stick together! Great with Greek- style yogurt!

  • 17 Kylie // Aug 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

    We tried these last night and they were awesome, we loaded up on zucchini and used tiny (local Maine) shrimp. Instead of the stirfry (which looked awesome) we had baby bok choy coleslaw which was perfect and very easy. We got the recipe from our CSA (Laughing Stock Farms in Maine) essentially it was 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 4 teas. sugar, 1/2 teas salt whisk together and toss with chopped baby bok choy (about 3-4 cups). It was the perfect balance of fresh to go with the fried of the pancakes!
    Love your blog, keep up the great work!

  • 18 Zoe // Aug 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Yum!! My roomie loves zuch i will have to make this. They remind me of a korean version of my mexican latkas http://thatszogood.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/mexican-latkas/

  • 19 lynn @ the actor's diet // Aug 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    yum! love that they’re vegetarian too. i live near koreatown in LA but my hubby never gets to venture out with me since he doesn’t eat seafood.

  • 20 Sarah // Aug 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    This is so great! I’m a college student, so finding recipes that are cheap, healthy, and tasty is a pretty tall order. Thanks for your diverse and delicious posts :D

  • 21 Diana // Sep 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I’m confused. Is it 3/4 cup of all those vegetables combined or 3/4 cup of each?

  • 22 jen // Sep 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    Compost should DEFINITELY be your next project. We started 2 years ago, and it’s AMAZING how little trash we have now, and what a beautiful garden has come from just dumping our leaves, grass clippings and all the compostable scraps from cooking (no meat, no dairy) in a corner of our yard (behind some bushes.) It is so easy, doesn’t smell, doesn’t attract animals. And what a great thing to teach children. So glad your daughter is teaching you. Also, I’m guessing that Dan is Dan Barber, from Blue Hill at Stone Barns…right?

  • 23 Liz // Oct 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    What a tasty recipe — and so fast! Decided at the last minute tonight to try these and we’re really enjoying them! Thanks for the healthy and delicious recipe.

  • 24 Courtney // Dec 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    These were awesome!! I just used shredded carrots and corn- no meat. With a side of buttered broccoli, it made a wonderful vegetarian meal. This will definitely be a part of our regular dinner rotation.

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