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Korean-Style Vegetable Pancakes

Korean-Style Vegetable Pancakes

Korean-Style Vegetable Pancakes

There is a Korean restaurant near where we live that we visit whenever we get the chance.  They make a kimchi pancake that is fantastic; even the small Things love it.  The only problem is that when we get takeout, the kimchi pancake is cold and slightly soggy by the time we get it home.  The idea of my beloved kimchi pancake cold and soggy makes me sad… so we decided to try our hand at a home version.

Ingredients

Ingredients

These vegetable pancakes make a pretty nice substitute.  They have the flavor of the different vegetables and the use of rice flour makes them nice and light.  Even better, the batter comes together very quickly so you can have these on the table in less than 20 minutes.  They make an excellent side to Korean-style ramen noodle soup or to some beef and broccoli.

Pancake batter

Pancake batter

If you wanted to make these more like traditional kimchi pancakes, you could increase the kimchi to two cups, substitute 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup liquid from the kimchi, and omit the carrot, scallion, and cilantro.  You could also add some cooked and shredded pork to make these more hearty.

Cooking the cake

Cooking the cake

Korean-Style Vegetable Pancakes

Adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup rice flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tbls neutral oil, such as peanut or canola

5 scallions, green parts only, finely diced

1 tbls fresh ginger, finely chopped

1/4 cup of cilantro

1 large carrot

1 cup kimchi

To Make:

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, eggs, 1 tbls oil and 1-1/2 cups water until a smooth batter is formed.  Let the batter rest while the veggies are prepped.

To prep the vegetables, coarsely grate the carrot and finely chop the scallions and kimchi.  Chop the cilantro.  Once the vegetables and cilantro are ready, add them to the batter and stir gently until just combined.  The batter will be thick, like pancake batter.

Heat a griddle or large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and add just enough oil to lightly coat the bottom.  When hot, ladle a quarter cup of batter and spread it out into a circle.  Cook until the bottom is browned (turn down the heat to medium if needed).  Flip and cook the second side until it is lightly browned, about another 5 minutes.  Repeat with the remaining batter.

As the pancakes finish, remove them and, if necessary, store on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven until you are ready to serve.

To Serve:

Serve warm, cut into triangles.  Dip in a sauce made with soy, rice vinegar, and a bit of sesame oil

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Kimchi Noodle Soup

Kimchi Noodle Soup

Kimchi Noodle Soup

So, you are wondering what to do with all that kimchi are you?  Okay, here is a recipe for a simple and tasty soup that I like to make for lunch on cold days (or on days when I have a cold).  It only takes about 15 minutes to make and it is warm and filling. 

Kimchi Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

1 serving of dried noodles (I prefer rice noodles but thin spaghetti works as well)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

2 tsp soy sauce (I like the flavor of Tamari soy sauce but regular soy sauce works too)

1/2 cup kimchi

1 tbls juice from the kimchi jar

3 cups chicken broth

2 eggs

1 scallion, finely chopped

To Make:

Cook noodles in a saucepan of boiling water until done.  Drain and toss the noodles with the sesame oil and soy sauce.  Divide the noodles between two bowls and top with half the kimchi and kimchi juice.  Meanwhile, heat the broth in a sauce pan until simmering.  Crack one egg into a small bowl and gently slide it into the sauce pan.  Place the lid on and simmer until the egg whites are set and the yolk is still soft, about 3 minutes.  Remove the egg and place it on top of the noodles and kimchi.  Repeat with the other egg.  Divide the broth between the two bowls and garnish with chopped scallion.

To Serve:

If you would like your soup with more kick, add extra hot sauce to taste.  Serves two.

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