Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Korean Vegetable Pancake (Leeks)

This vegetable pancake is called Boochoo Juhn or Boochu Jeon using leeks or Chinese Nira. This is a vegan dish and I love how fresh this tastes. This is based on a variety of vegetables including zucchini, red peppers, onions, but most importantly, with leeks. Although I believe the word leek is to generally describe this type of vegetable, the tag on the vegetable said “Chinese Nira.” In Korean, this is called Boochu but I never knew it had another term other than leeks.
1. Wash the leeks thoroughly and chop them in one inch sizes.

2. Thinly slice zucchini, onion, and red peppers and add on a dish together.

3. For preparing the batter, you need flour, buchim mix (makes the dough more chewy), and water.  If you this as a vegetarian dish instead of vegan, you can add an egg but it’s really not necessary.  This tastes so good as is.  Also remember to sift the flour as it makes the better texture of the dough overall. The proportion of water to the mix would be around 5:2 ratio, meaning it’s thick.

Add a spoonful of garlic to the mix.

Add the vegetables to the batter. Below is how thick the mixture should be. Notice there is barely no runny liquid.

4. Now is the time to cook and first you need to oil your pan.

5. Add the mixture onto the pan.

6. Once one side is cooked for 3-4 minutes, use a large spatula and flip it to the other side and press down to evenly flatten the pancake.

7. Flip again one more time back to the original side, which is the better looking side and just slide it onto your plate so this side will display on top of your plate.

Man, I'm watering in my mouth again thinking about this food. Enjoy!

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