Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday's Cupful: Background on Korean Pancake

A versatile Asian nibbler

Look for variations of panjeon at your favorite Korean restaurant. Panjeon translates into savory onion pancake. Renditions can go from very simple to jam-packed depending on the recipe. Different "jeon" may contain kimchi (kimchijeon), vegetables (yachaejeon), tuna (chamchijeon). It's also known as "Korean-style pancake." The key when cooking one of these pancakes is a ensure crispy brown texture on both sides so allow enough cooking time. Koreans serve it with a spicy seasoned soy sauce for dipping. Korean pancakes tend to be lighter than Chinese egg foo young; however, they share some similar qualities. You may serve this dish as an appetizer, snack, or main course when served with steamed rice.

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