Kimchi Pancakes from Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes

  • 2 cups kimchi
  • Cold water, as needed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour (see headnote)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 large scallions, trimmed and chopped (1/2 cup), plus more for garnish, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Thinly sliced chives, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

For the pancakes: Squeeze the kimchi over a bowl to release as much of its juice as possible. Top up this liquid with juice from the kimchi container to measure about 1 cup. If you don’t have enough juice, add the cold water. Coarsely chop the kimchi, and keep it separate from the liquid.

Add the all-purpose flour, rice flour and salt to the bowl with the kimchi liquid, whisking until incorporated. If needed, let it stand for a minute or two, until slightly thickened. Fold in the kimchi and 1/2 cup of scallions; let it stand a few more minutes, if needed, until the batter is cohesive.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the batter to the pan, using a spatula to quickly spread it into an even, thin round. Cook until the bottom is brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the pancake, then cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the other side is brown and crisp and the pancake’s interior is set. Transfer to a cutting board; repeat with the second pancake (including adding the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil).

For the optional dipping sauce: Whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, water and toasted sesame oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Cut the pancakes into wedges, and garnish with chives or scallions. Serve warm with the dipping sauce, if using.  Tested size: 4 servings; makes 2 dinner-plate-size pancakes



Amy Voigt’s
1 c soft butter
cream with 5/8 c sugar (this is 1/2c + 2 tbsp)
mix in 2 1/2 c sifted flour

chill then pat to 1/2 ” thick, cut into shapes
bake @ 300 on ungreased sheet for 20-25 min

Grandmother Chisholm’s
cream 1 lb butter cut in 6 c flour, 1/2c rice flour and 1 c sugar
Pat into round shape, bake 30 min at 325  or 45 min at 300

My version:  The Edinburgh Book of Plain Cookery Recipes
1-1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rice flour
8 ounces butter
1/2 cup sugar

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a standing mixer, paddle until the dough clumps together, press in to 1 or 2 cake pans (I like 1 for thicker shortbread, Stepahnie uses 2 8-inch pans).  Prick with a fork to decorate if you wish.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until cooked through and lightly browned.  Cut into appropriate sized pieces while it’s still warm, and allow to cool completely before removing it from the pans.