Haemul Pajeon – Korean Seafood & Spring Onions Pancake

Haemul Pajeon (해물파전) is a famous Korean pancake made from seafood and spring onions. Haemul means seafood, pa means spring onions and jeon is pancake. There are other variety of jeon using various meat, seafood and vegetables but haemul pajeon and kimchi jeon are the two popular ones.

Ever since I had my first taste of haemul pajeon, I knew I gotta make it myself one day. I’ve cooked haemul pajeon twice so far. Make my own batter for the first trial and used a Korean pancake mix for my second haemul pajeon. They tasted quite similar.

Haemul Pajeon - Korean Seafood & Spring Onions Pancake
Lip smacking haemul pajeon! Tsk even the fly like my food. Hahaha

Let’s cook!

To make pancake batter,

Add Water
Add water to flour.

Add Egg
Next add an egg.

Pancake Batter
Mix until you get a smooth batter. This batter was too thick initially. The recipe from Flavours magazine suggested 100ml water. Hence I add another 250ml of water making it 350ml in total. If you find it still thick, feel free to add more water.

If you have pancake mix, you just need to add water.

Beksul Korean Pancake Mix
This is the pancake mix I used from CJ Beksul for my second haemul pajeon.

Add Seafood and Green Onions
Next add garlic, shrimp, crab sticks, squid and spring onions.

Add Mussel
Ohh and mussel too! Mix the batter well.

Fry Pancake
Heat some oil in the frying pan and use a soup ladle to pour the batter on the pan. Cook both side until lightly browned.

Cut the pancake into wedges and serve with sauce (recipe at the bottom). You can eat it warm or when it has cool down to room temperature. I love the latter.

Haemul Pajeon - Korean Seafood & Spring Onions Pancake
Great as appetizer, side dish and snack. I love to eat it as snack.
You can do with or without the sauce. You’ll feel a kick with the dipping sauce. 🙂

Haemul Pajeon
Adapted from Flavours magazine (March-April 2009)
Makes 8-12 pieces depending on size

180g flour
350ml water
1 egg
or alternatively use Korean pancake mix.

2 mussels, chopped
1 squid, chopped
3 crab sticks,
50g shrimps, shelled and chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
30g spring onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

125ml light soy sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped carrot
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 stalk spring onion, chopped
water to taste or 1/2 can 7-UP

To make pancakes:
1. In a large bowl, add flour, water and egg and mix to form a smooth batter.
(feel free to add a more flour or water to get the consistency of a thin pancake batter)
2. Add garlic, mussel, squid, crab sticks, shrimp and half quantity of spring onions.
3. Add salt and pepper and stir to combine.
4. Heat a pan over medium heat and add some oil to coat the pan.
5. Spoon batter into the pan.
6. Add some spring onion on the pancake and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
7. Flip the pancake to cook the other side.
8. Once cooked, place it on paper towel to soak excess oil.
9. Repeat with remaining batter. You can keep batter in the fridge for next day.

To make sauce:
1. Mix all ingredients and serve in a small bowl.


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  • Reply cazzycazz May 14, 2011 at 12:07 am

    The chili sauce can use 7-up???? This is really interesting!!!! ^____^
    Oh btw i wanna ask, is there any kimchi pancake version? I have some and thought maybe can throw in kimchi as well?? Interesting, i wanna try and thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      I didn’t try 7-up. But yes interesting ya.
      Yes it’s called kimchi jeon. You just need to add kimchi and its brine (to get the reddish color).

  • Reply Nava Krishnan May 14, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Lovely pancakes and yummy with the chilly.

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Do try it ya. 🙂

  • Reply smallkucing May 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

    LOL…even a fly also beh tahan

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Yalor. I was so surprised to see a fly ‘hinggap’ there just when I was pushing the shutter button. LOL

  • Reply Mark&Reese@SeasonWithSpice May 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Asian cooking really puts all Western cooking to shame. So many ingredients; flavors; spices. This looks delicious.

    P.S. No joke, I love the fly in the photo. Brings reality back to food blogging when everything begins to look artificial after awhile.

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Hi Mark & Reese, I got you message. Will be happy to share my recipes at Season with Spice. 🙂

      And glad you like the fly photo. Hehe

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