Kimchi pancakes

With a spinach salad

Kimchi pancakes

Kimchi pancakes

Serves 2 as a main or 4 as part of a larger meal
DifficultyNot too tricky
Recipe From

East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

By Meera Sodha
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Ingredients

  • 250 g kimchi , (suitable for vegans)
  • 80 g rice flour
  • 80 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200 g firm tofu , drained and cut into thin slivers
  • 80 g bean sprouts , (or a big handful)
  • 5 spring onions , trimmed and finely chopped
  • 120 g baby spinach leaves
  • rapeseed oil
  • Dipping sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds , plus extra to garnish
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East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

By Meera Sodha
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Method

  1. Tip the kimchi into a sieve over a measuring jug, and press down to extract as much juice as possible. Measure the juice and, if need be, top it up to 200ml with tap water. Roughly chop the drained kimchi.
  2. In a large bowl, use a fork to whisk the flours and salt, then stir in the kimchi juice. Add the kimchi, tofu, bean sprouts and most of the spring onions – save a small handful of the onions for the sauce – and stir again. The batter should be wet but scoopable. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, chilli flakes, the reserved spring onions and the sesame seeds. Shred the spinach and put into a salad bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of dipping sauce and toss to coat.
  4. To cook the pancakes, heat ½ tablespoon of oil in a medium frying pan (ideally non-stick) on a medium flame and swirl it around to coat the base of the pan. Pour in a quarter of the batter and spread it out with the back of a spoon until it’s 15cm in diameter. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the bottom is crisp and golden, then flip and cook on the other side until that, too, is crisp and golden. Transfer to a warm place, cover with foil, and repeat with the remaining batter, adding a little extra oil to the pan for each pancake, if need be.
  5. Serve warm with a big handful of spinach salad scattered on top and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Serve the sauce in little bowls on the side.
Recipe From

East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing

By Meera Sodha