Vegetable Pancake (Yachaejeon)

Submitted by:
Raymond Mar, Toronto, Canada

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4 green onions, sliced 1 inch long
1/3 cup leek, sliced thinly 1 inch long
1/2 cup zucchini, sliced matchstick
1 green chili pepper or jalapeno, sliced
3 oz. onion, sliced
1/3 cup sweet potato, sliced
1 fresh mushroom, sliced
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
Vegetable oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

1. Combine and mix all the dipping sauce ingredients and set aside.

2. Combine all the veggies in a bowl except for the mushroom, add the flour and salt, and the water. Mix well.

3. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high heat and add oil.

4. Add the better and spread it out evenly.

5. Reduce heat to medium and place the mushroom on top, pressing them into the pancake.

6. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the bottom browns and the pancake moves around easily in the skillet.

7. Flip the pancake over by tossing it like a pro, or gently flipping it over. (Tossing is actually easier!)

8. Dribble oil around the outskirts of the pancake, then lift up an edge and tilt the skillet so that the oil flows underneath it.

9. Cook for 3-4 minutes more, until it browns and moves easily.

10. Flip it over once more and cook for 2 more minutes.

11. Transfer it to a large place, cut into slices or wedges, and serve with the dipping sauce.


This recipe comes from Maangchi, a Korean-American YouTuber who has wonderful Korean recipes. Although I am Chinese-Canadian and my wife is Estonian, the great Korean food is one of our favourite things about Toronto. When we came to Germany for 2020 as part of my award, we also decided to go (mostly) vegan, for climate reasons. This pancake was the perfect dish: a vegan dish that was also the taste of home. We were really pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to get Asian ingredients, including those needed for this dish, in Köln. Funnily enough, now this dish makes us think of our time in Germany!

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