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Korean Pa jun/Pa jeon (crispy scallion pancake)

4 Sep

I made something delicious for dinner tonight because my good friend Ying Ying suggested we learn how to make Korean food together. Well I couldn’t wait and since pa jun is one of my favorite Korean dishes (bi bim bop is another one of my favorites), I decided to give it a go.

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I used this recipe from recipezaar.com (found it on google) except I added only what I had on hand. Luckily I found some faux crab meat in the freezer because it would have been really plain with just scallions. The crab meat added a more savory flavor which fit just right. Yum. I just went and ate a leftover piece cold.. and it’s 1:40am right now.

This is my first time making it and it’s not perfect at all. The restaurant ones are so much better but it was tasty and less oily. Next time I will have to remember to put some extra batter on top of the crab because I forgot this time. Think I will also use slightly less water and maybe another egg to thicken the batter up. The batter was very thin resulting in thin pancakes. I think the rice flour is essential in making it fluffy but I saw many recipes using just all purpose flour. I also read that really cold water makes it crispy so gotta remember that next time. I also didn’t really like the dipping sauce.. I think it’s the sesame oil.

pajun

Korean Pancakes
Makes 3 pancakes but could make 2 thicker ones.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 egg
2 cups water
salt and pepper
oil for pan
2 stalks of scallions, chopped into large pieces (~3/4 cup)
6 faux crab sticks, peeled apart or chopped

Dipping Sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
dash of red chili and garlic paste
1/2 tsp crushed garlic

Directions
1. Mix batter up.
2. Heat pan and add oil
3. Pour about a third or half the batter into the pan and add some scallions.
4. When the bottom is cooked a bit, add crab meat.
5. When bottom is crispy and browned, flip pancake and brown the other side.
6. Repeat with remaining batter.
7. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Franchia Vegetarian Tea House

23 Aug

franchia.com

I met up with two of my good girl friends today for lunch at Franchia (34th St. and Park Ave). One of my friends is a hotelie graduate so she always picks the yummy restaurants. My other friend is vegetarian so we decided to try out Franchia which is a vegetarian Korean tea house. It was a really nice experience. Very relaxing decor and music. I loved the hanging linen fabric sheets near the entrance and the intricate wooden ceiling in particular. There is outdoor cafe style seating and seating indoors in a cool three level style that allows for openness yet still private.

Dishes range from around $8 to $20 or so and the teas and specialty drinks range from $5 to $10 or so. I had the Penang stir fried noodles with “beef” ($10) and a Green Tea Tealatta ($6). Both were delicious and portioned just right. The noodles reminded me of the typical Chinese chow har fun dish but with thinner rice noodles cooked just right (not mushy and had a nice bite). The faux beef looked very realistic and was a nice texture though it lacked a bit in flavor. The bean curd pieces that was also included were tasty. The tealatta was really good – cold, sweet, slightly creamy, and made from real tea leaves. I also shared a Crispy Tofu Skin sushi and that was really good too. Great flavor and very fresh.

My hotelie friend went for the 5-course pre-fixe with a seaweed soup, 2 appetizers (3 dumplings and 3 “chicken” satay sticks), entree with fried tofu, pumpkin and other items with brown rice, and finally dessert of soy ice cream (butter pecan I believe) and choice of tea. She tried 2nd-pick green tea (whatever that means.. Franchia offers tea classes). My vegetarian friend went for ramen noodle soup with “lobster” balls because she was feeling under the weather. She also had a white peony tea with honey. She said she couldn’t taste the honey but loved the restaurant.

Afterward, we took a peak at the gift “shop” which is really just a shelf on the wall with really nice tea cups, tea sets and tea. Oh yeah, you can even order things to go. We all decided we must go again to try more of their menu. Overall it was a really relaxing lunch with good food and good friends. 5-stars.

Since I forgot my camera (smacks fore head), all I can leave you with is a picture of the soy ice cream that I found on the internet.