Easy Kimchi Pancake (3 ingredients)

My interested in Korean culture (and food) begins with the first episode of Dae Jang Geum (Jewel In The Palace), a super popular K-drama about a palace made who became the first female imperial doctor.

Since a few years ago, I always have a packet of kimchi in my fridge. Besides eating it with rice, my new favourite thing to do with kimchi is to make pancakes with it. You only need three main ingredients kimchi, onions and flour! These ingredients have long shelf-life which means if you’re running out of groceries, or if there’s an unexpected guest, you can easily whip this up.

This recipe is adapted from Maangchi, my favourite Korean recipes website (Recipe: Kimchijeon). I’ve simplified it by using store-bought sliced kimchi. I’ve also reduced the amount of kimchi; 1 cup of kimchi may be too overwhelming for tastebuds which are not familiar with the pungent taste of Korean’s favourite fermented food. I also fry it long enough, so that the onion caramelised and the crust turns crispy. That’s how I like my kimchi pancake.

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Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2 – 4 person


Kimchi, chopped x 3/4 cup
Kimchi juice x 3 tbsp
Onion, small x 1
Salt x 1/2 tsp
Sugar x 1/2 tsp
All purpose flour x 1/2 cup
Water x 1/4 cup
Vegetable oil x 2 tbsp


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