Vegan Pajeon

This is a healthified version of an amazing Korean bar food 🙂 I’m sure I don’t do the real thing justice, but for me, it is amazing! Vegan and gluten free, a real treat!  I love my roommate’s kimchi version or a good seafood hamul pajeon at a restaurant, but you can’t go wrong with the classic scallion version. I went with green onions and added in some red bell pepper for pizzaz. Really yummy. This recipe makes 2 pancakes, serves 2 as an appetizer, serves 1 if you are me. Pretty simple, definitely delish.

You need:

A drizzle of sesame oil

1/4 red bell pepper, sliced fine

2 large green onions, sliced fine longways for green tips, sliced into rounds for white base

1/8 cup +1tbs brown rice flour

1/4 cup chick pea/fava flour

1/2 cup water

1tsp liquid aminos

1tsp crushed red pepper

Sauce (optional but yummy)

1 part lemon juice

1 part liquid aminos

Using a drizzle of sesame oil,  sauté slivered green onions and red bell pepper over medium heat until just crisped/golden. Remove 1/2 veggies and set aside for your second pancake. Combine pancake ingredients and pour half of batter over veggies.

Cook on medium heat, 1-2 min each side. Flip when like a regular pancake you see bubbles/the batter firming up.  If it falls apart in the pan, as my first one did (I simply tried to flip prematurely) just mush it back together with your spatula and carry on!  Doesn’t have to be perfect, it will taste great either way 🙂   Place second half of veggies in pan with another drizzle of sesame oil, and pour second half of batter in, repeating instructions.

These could be more rich/decadent if using more oil, or less indulgent with only a drizzle enough to thinly coat pan of the sesame oil. I went less decadent, but feel free to use more if you want an even crispier and more authentic pajeon. I just like mine a little healthier 🙂

Squeeze 1/4 fresh lemon into small dish. Mix with 1 part liquid aminos and 1 part water to taste. You could also add more crushed red pepper to taste, but the pancakes themselves are pretty good. This just helps enhance the flavor, and what is any semblance of Korean food without some spice!! Garnish with some fresh cilantro for a pefect balance between cool and hot.  Enjoy!





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