I had a craving for pa jun the other day and decided to try out a recipe for one of my favorite Korean comfort foods. You can typically order pajun as an appetizer in most restaurants - it's a gloriously crispy on the edges, chewy and thin pancake with a tangy, spicy dipping sauce. Nearly anything goes for the pajun filling: seafood, kimchi, onions, zucchini, pork. Seeing as how my craving struck on a random Saturday morning, I opted to make a vegetarian pa jun with items I had on hand. Check out the recipe below!
Pa jun ingredients:
- 2 teaspoons oil for cooking
- 1 cup cold water 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup finely chopped or julienned vegetables in any combination. I used scallions, carrots and onions. Green beans, pork, asparagus and grilled squid would also work well.
Dipping sauce ingredients:
- 1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- Hot red pepper flakes to taste
- Dash of sesame oil (careful, this is strong)
- Fill bowl of water with ice and set aside to let melt.
- Coat a nonstick pan with the vegetable oil and put over medium-high heat.
- Crack and whisk eggs in a bowl until eggs are light and frothy.
- Whisk in flour and salt.
- Stir in the chopped vegetables.
- Take the ice water set aside, measure out 1 cup 1/2 cup water, and pour into the veggie and flour mixture, and mix.
Pour the batter (about half a cup for each pancake) on to the hot pan. Batter will be thinner than American pancake batter so that the pancakes can spread out and cook quickly and evenly.
Look at that. Seconds away from my mouth. Flip the pancakes when the edges and underside are golden brown and crispy. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Serve on a plate and use a pizza cutter to cut into triangles.
While cooking, make the sauce. Stir vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and red pepper flakes. Set aside and stir well enough to allow the sugar to dissolve while you're Iron Chefing.
Here's the final product! Admire, saveur, shove in your pie hole and smile.