Curry Kimchi Pancakes

Curry Kimchi Pancakes카레 김치전

[ karae kimchi jeon ]

If you are a kimchi fan, I am sure you have tried kimchi pancakes already.

The recipe itself is pretty much no brainier kind. It is simple delicious savory pancakes to enjoy as an appetizer or snack. You can find many recipes floating in online and they are all pretty similar; Kimchi + pancake mix or flour mixed in water.

Here I contribute another one to the list; the Curry Kimchi Pancakes. Yes, it has curry powder in the recipe.  I think the idea originally came from a random TV celebrity in Korea. Some loves it and some don’t. I happened to love it.

 

Curry Kimchi PancakesThe key to make this exotic pancake to the “Love it!” stage is finding the right balance of kimchi and the curry powder. You don’t want curry to overpower kimchi or vice-versa. Try the recipe I give you and you will be amazed how they go so well together.

 

tutorial-2Do you know what this is? This is a squid body without the tentacles.

I don’t know about you but I love LOVE love anything squid. So I want to add my beloved squid to my pancakes. Besides squid is the best accompaniment for kimchi in pancakes. (in my humble opinion)

I found a frozen squid package which has been cleaned and the skin removed in a Korean grocery store. If you can’t find it or can’t stand the squid like my husband, use calamari or shrimp instead. Or omit the whole seafood thing to make complete vegan. You are the boss of your own creation, so do whatever that please you.

 

tutorial-3Slice the squid into 1/2″ wide strips. Set aside.

 

tutorial-4Slice your well fermented sour kimchi (cabbage kimchi) thinly.

 

tutorialThese are Korean style pancake mix and frying mix.

Now, because the package states “pancake mix”, it doesn’t mean you can use them for your western style breakfast pancakes. You will regret a big time!

I like to combine both mixes this time to create more crisp texture on the pancakes.

 

tutorial-6Combine the mixes and add 1-1/2 teaspoon curry powder. Mix all well.

 

tutorial-8Add very cold ice water and mix. Cold batter makes crispier pancakes. This is the batter.

 

tutorial-9Add the squid, kimchi, and some sliced onions. Onions will cut down the saltiness of kimchi and add a little sweetness to the bite.

 

tutorial-10If your kimchi has some juice in the container, add a little bit to the batter. It adds flavor.

 

tutorial-11Mix all up and the pancake batter is ready to hit the pan.

 

tutorial-12Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, spread a big spoonful of your pancake batter thinly. How big? The size is up to you.

 

tutorial-13I dotted with green chili slices to torture myself. You better not if you can’t handle the heat so well.

Cook 3-4 minutes on one side.

 

tutorial-14Then, flip and cook another 3 minutes to the other side. Drizzle more oil if your skillet seems dry.

That’s it. No brainier, right? Serve hot as is. You don’t need any dipping sauce to go with. It is good on its own.

You will love the exotic flavor. However, just like other Korean style pancakes, reheated leftover is not as great. So eat them all in one sitting hot right out of the skillet. This was my lunch and I was quite satisfied.

It is great to see sunlight again after having two days of snow storm. My kids were not happy to go back to school this morning but I am. Hope everyone is safe and sound.

The printable recipe is below in case you need. Enjoy!

 

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Curry Kimchi Pancakes

Curry Kimchi Pancakes
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Serves: about 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lb squid (calamari or shrimp), cleaned and sliced
  • 1 cup fermented cabbage kimchi sliced
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup Korean pancake mix
  • ¾ cup Korean frying mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1-1/8 cup ice water
  • 1 tablespoon kimchi juice
  • 1 green chili sliced, optional
  • some canola or grape seed oil for pan frying
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine Korean pancake mix, frying mix, and curry powder. Pour ice water and mix well. Add kimchi, squid, onion, and kimchi juice. Combine well.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoonful of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Spread about ½ cupful of kimchi pancake batter on the skillet as thin as you can. Dot with a few sliced green chili on top if using. Cook for 3 minutes. Flip the pancake to the other side and continue to cook for another 3 minutes or so. You will need to drizzle more oil around the pancakes to create crispier texture
  3. Serve hot.

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Comments

  1. says

    My grandpa use to make egg foo young and add kim chee to it.. I am not a fan of cabbage kimchee, I prefer the cucumber one… guess its the American in me…lol…

  2. jim says

    thanks for the idea of mixing the batters. i’ve only used the pancake batter in the past and thought the result was too *soft* quickly after cooking. i’ll definitely give it a try!

  3. mike oleary says

    looks wonderful…I haven’t tried a mix yet as I make my batter from mung beans but am willing to give it a go…btw..when I make my mung bean batter I use a Japanese dashi for moisture…gives it a nice twist.

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