What’s for supper?

In honor of my friend, Moon, we’re having Korean tonight. Truthfully, it’s just because Moon cooks such great food that I can’t get out of my head that we’re having Korean tonight, but we’ll go with “in honor” of her instead. If you’ve not tried these foods, don’t be afraid. They’re easy to prepare and delicious to eat. Serve with white rice and you’ve got a full meal.

Korean Scallion Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 bunch of scallions, halved and cut into 2-3 inch lengths
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil for cooking

Preparation:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit for about 10 minutes. Check consistency before cooking – batter should be a little bit runnier than American pancake batter, so that the Pa Jun cooks quickly and evenly.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium heat and coat with a thin layer of oil.
  3. Though you can make three larger pancakes, I prefer a dozen or so smaller ones (I like the crispy edges.) If you notice that your pancakes are too think, add more water to batter.
  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes until set and golden brown on bottom.
  5. Turn over with help of spatula or plate (or flip it in the air if you are good at that) and finish by cooking 1-2 more minutes, adding more oil if necessary.
  6. Serve with spicy dipping sauce (equal parts soy sauce, white vinegar and hot chili flakes to taste).
Ingredients:
1.5 to 2 lbs beef, tender cut
0.5 cup soy sauce
1 table spoon sesame oil
1 table spoon sugar
2-3 cloves minced garlic
2-3 chopped scallions
1 tea spoon black pepper
1 table spoon toasted sesame seeds  

Preparation:
Slice the beef into very thin strips across the grain. This will go better if the beef is partially frozen.
Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and add the beef. Marinate for 1 hour minimum, best is to marinate it overnight.

Heat oven to high broil. Place meat in broiling pan. When oven is ready, place meat on top shelf for about eight to 12 minutes, turning once mid-way through. Serve the meat with lettuce and sesame leaves, hot red pepper sauce and some soy sauce. Take a leaf of lettuce in the palm of your hand. Put some meat and a little hot red pepper- or soy sauce on it and fold the leaf together before putting it in your mouth.

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