Healthy Kimchi Pancakes

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delicious kimchi pancakes

delicious kimchi pancakes

At last the Olympics is over. Sad it’s over but happy in a way, too, as I am now willing to get out of the house to go to the gym to do my workout to strengthen my Achilles tendon as advised by my physiotherapist. I went yesterday morning to do cycling for a start…10 minutes at Level 1 as advised. I covered 1.4km. I’m simply so happy that I was able to do that. Will increase the level and the time slowly as my leg becomes stronger. I must be the first person who is in and out of the gym so fast…..haha. I never like gym! It’s almost impossible to get me to go there but now I have to learn to like it.

Homemade kimchi

Homemade kimchi

It’s great that I can move around quite well now so I’m back to more time in the kitchen. One food that I make often these days is kimchi. It’s a very healthy food, loaded with probiotics which are very important for our gut. I learned to make kimchi from my Korean friends when I was staying in Korea. They taught me how to start liking kimchi by teaching me to eat with the Korean instant noodles to slowly acquire the taste. I was hooked in no time! Homemade kimchi is still the best. It’s just so good with everything. A lot of my readers have tried and liked it. If you haven’t, why not give a go? If you are not sure, just leave a comment in the comment box on my post at How To Make Korean Kimchi and I’ll get back to you.

Kimchi water

Kimchi water

When the kimchi is gone, there’s still fermented kimchi water. Don’t throw it away. It’s loaded with nutrients. You can add it to soup or make kimchi  pancakes. My family loves kimchi pancakes. It’s so simple and quick to make them. These pancakes are perfect for those who are vegetarian. I can even call it a street food…. *smiles*

Here’s my simple and easy kimchi pancake recipes which I made to share with friends.

Ingredients
1C kimchi water
1 & 1/2C water
2C spelt flour
3T glutinous rice flour
1C chopped kimchi
bunch of spring onions (chopped)

Kimchi pancake batter

Kimchi pancake batter

Put all, except the spring onions, in a mixing bowl. Mix well. You can add in the spring onion if you want to. but I think they look better if you arrange them on top.

I like to use spelt flour because it’s a better flour for health. You can use plain flour if you don’t have. I added glutinous flour for a softer pancakes. It just adds a nice bite to it. You can omit it if you don’t have the glutinous flour.

Chopped kimchi

Chopped kimchi

I like the crunch in the pancakes co I chopped up some of the stems of the kimchi to add it into the batter. You can use the leafy part if you like, or even don’t add at all.

Heat up some oil in a frying pan. To taste for saltiness, add a small scoop and level it out. Turn over when it’s browned on the underside. Dish up when it’s cooked. Taste for saltiness. Add a little salt if it’s not salty enough. This all depends on the saltiness of your kimchi. Proceed to make your pancakes.

Frying kimchi pancakes

Frying kimchi pancakes

Pour some pancake batter into the frying pan. Arrange some cut spring onions on it. When the bottom is lightly browned, flip over. Dish up when it’s cooked.

cooked kimchi pancakes

cooked kimchi pancakes

Serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce. If you are lazy to make any dipping sauce, just go for Thai sweet chilli sauce. Or you can use my favourite balsamic sauce in my Easy Chinese Street Food Pancake Rolls.

This is a very easy pancake to make. Great for breakfast or even lunch. Perfect for parties, too. You can make more and keep in the fridge. When you want to eat it, just heat up in a frying pan. It tastes just as good. You can add chopped chillies too, or even seafood. Just go wild with your creation

Now that the Olympics is over, I’m looking forward to the Paralympics in 2 weeks time. I had the most wonderful 2 weeks watching Olympics, inspired in many ways. In the meantime, I will spend more time in the gym.

Till then, see you in my next post. Have fun cooking and baking!

Other pancake recipes that you may be interested in:
Healthy Spinach Pancake Rolls For Breakfast
Peri-peri Vegetable Pancakes
Easy Chinese Street Food Pancake Rolls

Quote of the day……

“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”

- Anthony Robbins

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16 Comments

Mich - Piece of Cake  on August 14th, 2012

I love these, and anything Kim Chi… I really don’t know if I will even dare make my own Kim Chi. Think for an amateur chef like me, I better buy ready made for now :)

suituapui  on August 14th, 2012

I commented earlier. I guess the comment did not get through. I was saying that I really must try and acquire the taste for kimchi as many seen to love it a lot…in kimchi fried rice and what not. I’ve tried before but unfortunately, it did not appeal to me at all… :(

Ann@Anncoo Journal  on August 14th, 2012

Mary, Great to hear you started exercising.
These kimchi pancakes look so delicious. I’ll make these with my leftover kimchi that my daughter bought from Korea.

Belinda @zomppa  on August 14th, 2012

Fantastic that you’re back up and at it already!! Love these pancakes - always a great way to start a meal.

Swathi  on August 14th, 2012

Kimchi and pancake I am in Mary. Delicious.

Mary  on August 14th, 2012

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Wonderful to know that you love kimchi. It’s actually very easy to make kimchi. Why not give a try? You’ll be surprised. Let me know if you ever try. Then you don’t need to buy anymore. Homemade is still the best :D

@suituapui - I think internet is playing tricks with you :P Yes, eating kimchi is an acquired taste. Start with instant noodles….very delicious. Kimchi fried rice is one of my best. Maybe you tried the very fermented kimchi. The best is to make yourself so that you can control the fermentation. I hope to hear one day that you really like kimchi :D

@Ann@Anncoo Journal - Haha…yes, feels so good that I can start exercising, even though it is not the exercise that I enjoy. Just looking forward to getting back to badminton. Hope you’ll like the kimchi pancakes :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! :D

teresa  on August 14th, 2012

i’ve never had kimchi, but those little cakes sure look amazing!

Blackswan  on August 15th, 2012

Wow, u seem to be cooking a lot of Kimchi stuff! This is nice!

somewhere in singapore  on August 15th, 2012

Can i have a piece? kakaka….

mycookinghut  on August 15th, 2012

Looks really interesting!

Juliana  on August 15th, 2012

So interesting this recipe Mary…never thought in making pancakes using kimchi…looks very flavorful.
Hope you are having a nice week :)

tigerfish  on August 15th, 2012

I can imagine myself enjoying these kimchi pancakes while watching the Olympics but now that it’s over, definitely a good snack after gym! :p

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on August 16th, 2012

Don’t think I ever had kimchi pancakes before, Mary. Yours look droolworthy!

lena  on August 17th, 2012

you know, last time when i first made kimchi, i didnt know about the fermented juice, i threw it away and then somebody commented that i could have just saved it for other purpose. I also enjoy kimchi with instant noodles after reading what you did with them long time ago, that was really hot and good! never tried making kimchi with pancakes but will make them when i make another batch of kimchi! thanks for the inspiration!

Mistletoe  on August 20th, 2012

I want to make this!!! First I need to make the Kim chi…teehee. It’s almost midnight and you’ve got me craving Kim Chi. Sigh. G loves kim chi but I’ve never made it for him before. We usually just steal from my parents or buy. Haha. When I make it and these pancakes, I’ll tell him to thank you. Lol.
Keep at it with the gym workouts and don’t cheat! I know you…teehee. Proud of you for going to the gym though. I hate the gym too. Hope you’ll have a fast and painless rest of your recovery.

Mary  on September 10th, 2012

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! Hope you will give a try on kimchi. It’s an acquired taste. Once you start to like it I don;t think you will change your mind :D

@Blackswan - Haha….yes, trying to keep to a healthy diet so that I can also enjoy some not so healthy ones :P

@somewhere in singapore - Come…still waiting! :D

@mycookinghut - Thanks very much! :D

@Juliana - It’s actually very nice. I like it especially with a spicy dipping sauce. Give a try. I hope you like it too :D

@tigerfish - You are very right. It’s good before or after exercise :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@lena - Oh no, I want to scream here…..haha. Glad you dont throw away the juice anymore….phew. Wonderful to know that you enjoy kimchi. Keep making and keep eating kimchi. It’s good for health :D

@Mistletoe - Now I wonder how’s your kimchi making adventure. Hope you have fun making it. I can just imagine you have so much fun eating it in so many ways. You need to share with me :D

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