Give your Pancake Day a Korean twist

Despite being affectionately known as ‘Korean pizza’, ‘jeon’ is actually a delicious, crispy pancake that is simple to make. My Korean friend taught me this quick-and-easy recipe that I’ll definitely be using for tonight’s Shrove Tuesday celebrations. What a great way to fuse English and Korean traditions (and after all, that’s what Kimchi Soul is all about!)

Kimchi Jeon


Oil for frying (e.g. vegetable oil)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup kimchi, chopped

(For the batter)
1 cup of plain flour
1 egg
1 cup water
Pinch of salt

(For the dipping sauce)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tspn vinegar
1/2 tspn sesame oil


1) Mix the batter ingredients together in a medium bowl, until at a smooth, thin consistency.

2) Add the kimchi, and stir thoroughly.

3) Heat a little frying oil in a non-stick pan, and add 1/4 of the chopped onions. Stir-fry for 1 min.

4) Use a ladle to  cover the pan with batter mix (approx 1/4 cup per pancake). Tilt the pan so that the batter is spread evenly. Cook on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until a golden brown colour.

5) Flip the Jeon pancake using a spatula, and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes. Remove and leave to cool.

6) Repeat three times, or until all of the batter has been used up.

7) Mix  the dipping sauce ingredients together, and serve in a small bowl.

8 ) Cut the jeon pancakes into bite-size squares, using scissors. Serve on a large plate, and dine using chopsticks.


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7 Responses to Give your Pancake Day a Korean twist

  1. Guy says:

    Looks like it will go well with lemon and sugar!

  2. kimchifever says:

    Thanks Guy! You could try it, that really would be fusion food! Let me know how it goes…

  3. Guy says:

    I did try it! It didn’t look quite as good as yours and the lemon and sugar didn’t quite work…. I’m sure chocolate, banana jeon will be a winner though. Happy jeon day!

  4. kimchifever says:

    Don’t worry, it may take a few tries to get it right. Maybe stick to kimchi and dipping sauce next time? I hope that you had a great pancake day 🙂

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  6. Waegook Tom says:

    맛있겠다! 감자전 is my favourite of all the Korean style pancakes…전 지금 감자전을 먹고 꿀막걸리를 마실 수 있으면 좋겠지… Thanks for sharing the recipe here ^.^

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