Hello guys, how have you been?
I know it has been a while since I posted. I was going through some difficult time.
About a month ago, I found out that my dad had a very bad infection that threaten his life. Luckily he had an operation just in time to save his life but he was scheduled for another serious surgery and had to be monitored closely in shock trauma unit for quite some time.
He is making a pretty good recovery but it was very scary and difficult time. Usually I rely heavily on decompressing myself with lots of cooking when I’m stressed but numerous visits back and forth to the hospital didn’t exactly allow me to spend much time in the kitchen.
Now that the nurses are telling him he is doing a lot better, I’m slowly getting back to my normal routine of cooking and sharing my recipes with you guys!
One of the first dish that I made myself was Korean seafood pancake. It is one of my go-to comfort food. I truly believe that food is so much more than nourishment to the body. I think people often express their feelings and gratitude through food, celebrate or grief through food, and be comforted by food. So it is very natural that I make myself something that can mend my little fragile heart with familiar, heart warming flavor. Plus, I had some sad looking bunch of green onions that desperately needed to be transformed into a yummy dish.
If you never had a Korean seafood pancake, I highly recommend ordering them next time when you go to a Korean restaurant. They are absolutely delicious. It’s a perfect appetizer. It is savory, fresh, great to share with others, and most importantly, so very delicious. If you every had scallion pancake at a Chinese restaurant, think of Korean seafood pancake as Rolls Royce version of that. Yes, it’s that good! (I am, after all, a Korean so I might be just a tiny a bit biased here though, haha)
Although it is an amazing appetizer at the restaurant, they are not exactly the cheapest food you can order. They usually cost between 15 to 20 dollars depending on the restaurants. In my opinion, if the appetizer costs more than 10 dollars, it better be made out of exotic ingredients and special in at least five different ways and enough to feed the whole table. Since Korean seafood pancakes are very cheap to make at home, I almost always skip this appetizer at the restaurant.
They are very simple to make but packed with complex flavor that’s quite addicting. Korean seafood pancake, anyone?!!??
- 1 bunch of green onion (8~10 small scallions, or 6~8 medium size scallions)
- 1 medium carrot, cut into thin match sticks (if you don't want to cut them, just grate them)
- ¼ large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 egg
- 1 cup frozen seafood mix
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water
- 4 tablespoon grape seed oil or vegetable oil
- Cut the green onion into bite size pieces. You can cut the green onion in half length wise and then cut them into 2 inches pieces. Or you can slice green onion on an angle if you are not very comfortable with cutting (or feeling lazy).
- In a large bowl, mix together the egg, flour, salt, and water. Mix them until there is no more large lump of flour.
- Add all the vegetable and frozen seafood mixture.
- On a medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Place about one-third of the mixture into the pan and spread the mixture evenly and flatten them with a wooden spoon.
- After couple of minutes, you will see the edge of the pancake will become gold brown and crisp. Using a spatula, carefully flip the pancake. Cook for additional 2-3 minutes.
- Place the cooked pancake on a plate and add one tablespoon of vegetable oil and repeat step 4-6. Enjoy with the dipping sauce.
The pancake is delicious on its own but if you are more of a sauce type of person, here is a dipping sauce recipe that I use with the pancakes:
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon Korean red pepper flakes (optional)
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and serve with the pancake! Hope you enjoy!!