Korean Shrimp and Green Onion Pancakes (Jeon)
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Serves: 6
For the pancakes:
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ pound extra large shrimp, deshelled and deveined, and coarsely chopped
  • 200 grams coarsely grated zucchini (about 1 whole zucchini)
  • 2 cups green onions, thinly sliced (about ½ inch)
  • canola oil for frying
  • 2 green onions for garnishing (optional)
For the sauce:
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon roasted sesame seeds (optional)
For the pancakes:
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, cayenne, and salt. Whisk until incorporated. Add the eggs and the water, then whisk until incorporated. Stir in the shrimp, zucchini, and green onions.
  2. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fill the skillet with enough oil to come ¼ inch up the sides of the pan. When the oil is hot, add ½ cup of the mixture to the skillet and quickly spread the batter thinly. Let it fry for about 3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy. Flip the pancake and fry for another 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and crispy, then plate over paper towels to drain some oil. Repeat this step until the batter is gone (every time you add more oil to the skillet, remember to give it a couple of second to heat up). Serve immediately with the sauce.
  3. Optional garnish step: slice the two green onions in half, lengthwise. Run a small, pointy fork or green onion negi cutter down the green onion repeatedly - you will eventually end up with small, thin strands of green onions. Garnish your pancakes with a few strands.
For the sauce:
  1. Whisk all the ingredients together in a small bowl, then serve with the warm pancakes.
These pancakes should be eaten immediately. Make only as many as you plan on serving immediately. I store the leftover batter in the fridge for no more than 24 hours.
Recipe by Sprig and Flours at http://www.sprigandflours.com/korean-shrimp-and-green-onion-pancakes-jeon/