Kimchi Pajeon (Kimchi Pancake or Pizza)

Kimchi Pajeon (Kimchi Pancake or Pizza)


Kimchi pajeon is a Korean kimchi pancake or pizza that is similar to the Japanese okonomiyaki. In its base form a pajeon is made with eggs, flour and green onions and from there you can add whatever you want. In this case the obvious next ingredient is the kimchi. Kimchi adds a ton of flavour to the pancakes and gives them a nice bit of heat. I really like the crunchy texture that the kimchi adds. Like most pancakes you are going to need some liquid that makes this the perfect way to use up any excess kimchi juice at the bottom of the container. With that you have the simple version of the kimchi pancake. I like to add some bacon as it goes really well with kimchi and when I am looking for something healthier I like to add grated zucchini, squash or sweet potatoes. Once you have the pancakes you can top them with various garnishes and/or serve them with dipping sauces. You can really do whatever you want.


Kimchi Pajeon (Kimchi Pancake or Pizza)


Kimchi Pajeon (Kimchi Pancake or Pizza)

(makes 2 pancakes)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 strips of bacon (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup kimchi liquid
1 egg
1/2 cup kimchi (drained and chopped)
2 green onions (chopped)

Directions:
1. Cook the bacon in a pan and set aside to cool retaining the grease.
2. Mix the bacon, flour, water, kimchi liquid, egg, kimchi and green onions in a large bowl.
3. Heat the bacon grease in the pan.
4. Add the batter and cook until golden brown on both sides.

Ssam Sauce

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon ssamjang
1/2 tablespoon gochujang
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions:
1. Mix everything until smooth.

Similar Recipes:
Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)
Okonomiyaki, Hiroshima Style
Kimchi, Bacon and Shiitake Mushroom Pizza
Zucchini Fritters
Kimchi Quesadillas

48 comments:

Jaime said...

wow, how cool! i have never heard of kimchi pancakes before... they look so good!

VeggieGirl said...

I too have never heard of kimchi pancakes - quite intriguing!

HoneyB said...

I have never had Kimchi before, but the ingredients in it appeal to me - so I imagine I would like it - and the pancake too! The sauce recipe really sounds good.

jodycakes said...

I love kimchi...no one will eat it with me!!! This is a GREAT idea!!
You are very innovative, my friend!!!

Manggy said...

Those look appropriately red-hot, Kevin! Awesome!!

Jan said...

I've never heard of Kimchi pancakes before but they look good!I'm thinking I wouldn't be able to get a jar of Gochujang. What does it taste like so I could maybe substitute it?

Elra said...

Another delice recipe! I am a fan of korea pancake. I can just eat the whole thing by myself. That can be my dinner and I am the happiest person....

Kate / Kajal said...

Kevin, i adore kimchi pancakes, n have been looking for a recipe. Thanks so much for this.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I've never had Kimchi, but those pancakes have an amazing and inviting color!

Alexa said...

Your Kimchi pancakes look delicious. Back when I lived in Colorado I use to shop in a big asian market and they made them fresh there. I always brought some home. Haven't had them in years though... I'll have to try your recipe when I have the correct ingredients. Thanks Kevin!

OhioMom said...

Another one who has never had Kimchi or kimchi pancakes :) Those look really good, love the colors!

No off to check out your kimchi ...

cookinpanda said...

Mmmm Kimchi Jun. Another favorite of mine. These look great. I've never thought of making them-- always get them in Koreatown but I could give this a shot...

Greg said...

I love kimchi jeon with very old sour kimchi. Wonderful stuff. My Korean friend calls it Korean Pizza. Nothing like pizza though. Hers are thinner and crispy. She adds zucchini too.

Lori Lynn said...

Sounds like a most flavorful pancake!

Kevin said...

Jan: Gochujang is a Korean chili sauce that is made with ferments soy beans and rice. It is completely optional and the pancakes would be great without it.

Jeena said...

This looks so yummy, what lovely flavours.

Dawn said...

I don't know why, but I think this would be good with scrambled eggs?
Kevin you are certainly creative! Love it.

Sara said...

wow awesome! what do you do with all your leftovers?! send them to boston!

Beachlover said...

what a new innovation !! kimchi pancake!! you're better asian than me!! hahaha!!

Nora B. said...

I love kimchi but don't usually have it around. This would be a good excuse to buy or make some. :-)

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

i need to know the caloric intake of these pretty little things! :)

Sweet Bird said...

That looks great! Nearly every man in my family loves kimchee. I still can't get over the aroma...

Paula said...

What a clever and tasty use for kimchi! That dipping sauce sounds really flavorful ... sweet from the honey and spicy from the chili flakes! YUM!

Heather said...

Gochujang should not be optional! Everyone should keep it in their cupboard. :)

Lina said...

I love those korean pancakes! I also like your new banner!

Dee said...

I've been meaning to try my hand at Korean pancakes ever since I saw them on (I think it was) David Lebovitz's blog. Looking at your photos, it seems I'll have to :)

Grace said...

i'm completely oblivious to most asian dishes, and this one is no exception. it sounds wonderful, and i'm glad there are blogs like yours to introduce me to such things.

CECIL said...

We (or, my husband more like it) just gorged ourselves with kimchi night before. Have Korean pancakes often, but never Kimchi pancakes. I should try this out.

Lori said...

great idea. Sauer Kraut might be good too. You are a master Kevin!

Rachel said...

oh I had something like this before.!!! i will have to make some...yum

noobcook said...

This is the first time I've heard of kimchi pancakes ... from just the looks of this, I know the taste is heavenly!~

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Wow! I love the dark brown colour of this Kimchi Pancake!

cindy* said...

i add zuchinni to my jeon too. i love korean style pancakes so much. wonderful job!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

brilliant idea! I love this one! Hmm I love anything kimchi :)

tigerfish said...

That's nice! I have not tried kimchi pancake before. The closest I have tried is Korean seafood pancake!

Jeanne said...

Aren't the recipes where you just chuck stuff in because it needs using up somehow always the best?? Intrigued by the notion of kimchi pancakes.

Carmen said...

this is great and so simple! i also have some kimchi i need to use up so i'll try this soon!

Bobby said...

Interesting recipe idea... the dipping sauce sounds amazing, I love the ingredients!

maybelles parents said...

delicious. I still have kimchi kicking around...

SteamyKitchen said...

this is my kinda food!!! love it

Anonymous said...

Kim chi Pancake. we call that Kimchi Juhn. as one of Korean, Thanks for cooking Korean traditional food. we really eat that quite often.

iam_loonlin said...

WoW!! they look delicious.

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

wow! i never thought or heard of using kimchi in cooking, besides a condiment! What a great idea-i love kimchi! And the egg could easily be subbed by flax seed for vegans!
sweet blog!

Beth said...

Yours are a lot bigger than mine, but this is one of my favorite ways to use kimchi.

http://headcheeseandjellybeans.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/kimchi-crepes/

I just discovered your blog and I absolutely love it. I hope you don't mind that I linked you on my own cooking blog!

diva said...

Mmm kevin! This is yum. You sure love your kimchi don't you? :D I have quite an enormous amount in my fridge at hte moment as this weather's just calling for kimchi jjigae everyday! x

traci said...

mmmmmmm! love paejon! so happy to find americanized recipes of my korean favorites that can be pulled of state-side! thanks =)

Michelle said...

I made them today using this recipe and they tasted rly good! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!! :)

Kirsten said...

This looks like such a wonderful idea! Kimchi is definitely one of my favorites and now I see you also have kimchi quesadillas. Is this all your creativity?

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