Jeon—crispy, savory pancakes—are a popular snack in Korea. Pajeon (“pa” means “scallions” in Korean) is one of the most popular varieties.

difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 35 minutes
yield
  • Serves 2

Prepare Ingredients

Dipping Sauce

2 tablespoons
soy sauce
1 tablespoon
water
2 teaspoons
unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon
toasted sesame oil
½–1 teaspoon
gochugaru
½ teaspoon
sugar

Pancake

5
scallions, root ends trimmed
½ cup
all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons
potato starch
½ teaspoon
baking powder
⅛ teaspoon
baking soda
¼ teaspoon
pepper
⅛ teaspoon
salt
½ teaspoon
sugar
½ cup
ice water
1
garlic clove, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon
vegetable oil, measured separately
1
 
2 tablespoons
soy sauce
1 tablespoon
water
2 teaspoons
unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon
toasted sesame oil
½–1 teaspoon
gochugaru
½ teaspoon
sugar

For the dipping sauce: In small bowl, whisk together all dipping sauce ingredients.

 
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5
scallions, root ends trimmed

For the pancake: Line large plate with double layer of paper towels. Place scallions on cutting board. Use chef’s knife to cut dark-green scallion tops from white and light-green bottoms. Cut white and light-green parts in half lengthwise (the long way; skip this step if your scallions are skinny). Cut all scallion parts crosswise (the short way) into 2-inch pieces.

 
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½ cup
all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons
potato starch
½ teaspoon
baking powder
⅛ teaspoon
baking soda
¼ teaspoon
pepper
⅛ teaspoon
salt
½ teaspoon
sugar
½ cup
ice water
1
garlic clove, peeled and minced

In medium bowl, whisk together flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, salt, and ½ teaspoon sugar. Add ice water and garlic and whisk until smooth. Use rubber spatula to gently stir in scallions until mixture is evenly combined (do not overmix).

 
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2 tablespoons
vegetable oil

In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until just beginning to smoke, about 3 minutes. (You should start to see wisps of smoke coming up from oil; you may need to get eye level with skillet to see this. Turn on your stove’s vent hood, if you have one.) Scrape all of batter into center of skillet. Spread into even circle covering bottom of skillet. Shake skillet to distribute oil under pancake.

 
5
 

Cook until bubbles at center of pancake burst and leave holes in surface and underside is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. (Oil should be gently sizzling as pancake cooks; if oil begins to smoke, reduce heat to medium.)

 
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1 tablespoon
vegetable oil

Use spatula to flip pancake and press firmly into skillet to flatten. Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil around edges of skillet. Continue to cook, pressing pancake occasionally to flatten, until second side is spotty golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat.

 
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Transfer pancake to paper towel–lined plate. Let drain and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer pancake to cutting board and cut into 6 wedges. Serve with dipping sauce.