While Erin describes her homemade Korean meals as simple, it is aweinspiring to understand how some cultures interpret simplicity in food—by today’s standards, Erin’s daily multi-layered fare would be deemed a feast. But my mother always made sure to have a simple homemade Korean meal for us. Before serving, make the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, vinegar, ginger or garlic (if using), sesame oil and sugar. In a medium bowl, combine water, egg and kimchi. Whisk kimchi … Her small table by the kitchen was covered with so many homemade dishes—humble, but delicious. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne. Add another spoonful of oil to the pan if necessary, to crisp the other side. It’s extremely forgiving, so feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Subscribe now for full access. But when I found myself wanting to make these for my own children, and didn’t have time to trek out to an HMart in Koreatown, I started making my own batter from scratch. Whisk kimchi mixture into flour mixture, and whisk until smooth. It would always be too spicy for me, but I loved how he let the bottom of the rice cook in the hot oil just a bit longer, to make it extra brown and crispy. “I cherished the rare times my father made a pan of kimchi fried rice. Donate today for as little as $5.00 a month. Then spoon some of the batter over the vegetables evenly, so there’s just enough to cover them. Opt out or, cup potato starch (or 1/4 cup each white rice flour and cornstarch), teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed, cups finely chopped or grated mixed vegetables (carrots, zucchini, bell peppers, kale, whatever you’ve got), scallions, cut into 2-inch-long sections and thinly sliced lengthwise, tablespoons grapeseed or peanut oil, plus more as needed, teaspoons rice wine vinegar, plus more to taste, teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger or garlic (optional), A Pancake That’s Ready For All The Vegetables In Your Fridge. It is optional, but it gives the batter a yummy umami flavor. Even though my husband could not speak or understand Korean, he felt her love through her cooking, he felt the warmth and care as she nudged him to eat more. Flip and cook another 4 to 5 minutes on the other side. Serve pajeon by itself or topped with a fried egg or two, if you want to add protein. Yield: Makes 12 (2-3 inch/5–7.5 cm) pancakes. Now, as a mother to two young boys growing up in Manhattan, Erin keeps her Korean heritage alive by sharing recipes she learned from her mother with her family. Prepare the pancakes: In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, potato starch, salt and baking powder. Recipe excerpted from Family: New Vegetarian Comfor Food to Nourish Every Day by Hetty McKinnon, published by Prestel 2019. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with a little more salt. She had walked across the street to her plot in the community garden (she had such a green thumb—everything she touched flourished) and gathered vegetables and perilla leaves to make a special meal to welcome my husband. 1 scallion, chopped (optional) 1 small red chili, chopped (optional) Each week, The Splendid Table brings you stories that expand your world view, inspire you to try something new and show how food brings us together. In a medium bowl, combine water, egg and kimchi. A simple dish that undoubtedly carries a lot of meaning. I understood in that moment how much love could be expressed through food prepared for others, how meaningful it can be to welcome someone to your table.”. The dipping sauce is optional, as the doenjang, salt, and garlic give the pancakes enough flavor on their own. You could use cooked leftover veg like roasted broccoli here; just nothing too watery. Pajeon, Korean savory pancakes, is one such dish. Linda Xiao for The New York Times. Jeon Vegetable Pancakes Place all vegetable in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, ice-cold water, garlic, and doenjang or miso, if using, then add this to the dry mix. It is a digital cookbook and cooking guide alike, available on all platforms, that helps home cooks of every level discover, save and organize the world’s best recipes, while also helping them become better, more competent cooks. “Growing up, my parents worked really hard to support our family. We rely on you to do this. One way, which takes a little more effort, but looks really pretty (especially if you have an assortment of colorful vegetables), is to keep the vegetables and batter separate. My mother held the night shift at the postal office when I was little, then in my high school years, my father had to work long hours. It's a community of like-minded individuals who love good food, good conversation and kitchen companionship. Combine the flour, rice flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl. Fold in vegetables and about three-quarters of the scallions. “Most Korean families use buchim garu—a seasoned pancake mix you can buy at any Asian grocery store. . Either way, I usually place a paper towel on a plate to soak up any extra oil on the finished pancakes, and then serve them immediately, scattered with scallions and sesame seeds and alongside the soy dipping sauce, if using. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. I like shredding up leftover vegetables we have in the fridge like carrots, zucchini, and red bell pepper, and sneaking them into the pancakes. Get recipes, tips and NYT special offers delivered straight to your inbox. I store leftover pancakes in a resealable bag in the fridge, and they can be crisped up again on both sides in a hot oiled pan right before eating. For migrant elders, particularly those with children or grandchildren growing up in a culture different to their own, food is such a crucial form of expression, a way of showing your kids and grandkids how you feel about them. Pajeon, Korean savory pancakes, is one such dish. Cook for a few minutes, until the bottom of the pancakes turn golden brown and crispy, then flip over. … The child of immigrants from South Korea, Erin watched as her hard-working parents juggled several jobs alongside the demands of cooking hearty and delicious nightly meals. Different kinds of kimchi, vegetable and tofu sides, beef she had marinated days before, the most flavorful stew—there was no room to even set down our chopsticks because she had prepared such an incredible spread. We’d have bowls of steaming rice, some sort of soup or stew, banchan, (several small dishes of marinated vegetables), and, always, kimchi.”. Prepare the pancakes: In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, potato starch, salt and baking powder. A Pancake That’s Ready For All The Vegetables In Your Fridge. She was frail and ill, but she surprised us by cooking a small feast. Continue with remaining batter. Stir flour into vegetables until … Citrus with Meyer Lemon Dressing and Shaved Fennel, Wilted Spinach with Fennel, Apple and Pistachio Butter, Erin Jang (via Hetty McKinnon's book, Family), Family: New Vegetarian Comfor Food to Nourish Every Day, Donate today for as little as $5.00 a month. “A memory I will always carry with me is a meal my grandmother made shortly before she died.