Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Street food - Korean Seafood Pancake ' Haemul Pajun'

Street food seems to be well trend here in Melbourne. Mexican Taco, Vietnamese rice paper rolls took over street food trend. Mad Mex, Miss Chu & Roll'd have been successful to attract hungry quick bite customers. When I went to get my lunch in Roll'd in Town, I was surprised by long cues.
As any other cultures, Korean got great street food. If you walk down street, you can find a little food kiosk in every corner. Korean pancake is considered as one of traditional street food but it can be found tourist spots nowadays. In fact, it goes well with beer or Mac-gul-lee ( Milky Korean rice wine). When I was in mountain hiking club at Seoul, I often enjoyed Korean pancake ' Jun ' after hard walking.
There are number of varieties depending on what you put into flour batter. Kimchi pancake, Spring onion pancake, Cabbage pancake, potato pancake, of course seafood pancake. I cooked spring onion pancake adding my favourite seafood, such as, prawns, squid, mussel. It becomes perfect Sunday snack or lunch. Korean pancake will be next trend of street food in Melbourne. I think it is just matter of times.

Ingredients ( Serve 4 )
3 spring onion
1 egg
1/4 red onion
8 peeled prawn
3 scallop
4~5 cooked mussel
100g cleaned small squid
For batter,
1 cup organic plain flour
cold water
1/2 tsp sugar
black pepper
For dipping sauce,
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup rice vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 tsp toasted sesame seed
1/3 dried chili powder or chili flake
1. Cut spring onion as thin strip as well as red onion. I normally prefer to young spring onion. It will get much tender and sweeter when it is cooked. Otherwise it is important to slice as thin that helps cook evenly.


1. Clean all fresh seafood and cut them in small pieces. Get fresh seafood in local fish monger or market. I like my seafood clean, peeled and de-shelled by myself. So I get best fresh seafood flavour. If you don't know how to do it, there are good video in you tube. Otherwise ask your fishmonger. Never buy frozen squid tube or prawn, because they are tasteless and rubbery.
 3. Mix flour with cold water until runny and smooth. Add salt and sugar for seasoning. Beat egg in a small bowl and set aside.
4. Heat medium size Teflon frying pan and spread 2 tbsp vegetable oil.
5. When the frying pan is hot, add one scoop of mixed flour batter to centre of frying pan.
6. Lay down prepared topping starting from spring onion, red onion & seafood evenly. Spread one or two spoon of bitten egg on the top.

7. When the bottom of batter is cook, flip over and press down with spatula.

8. Cook another 3 minutes and serve in serving plate or board.