Minari Jeon: Water Dropwort Pancake

Minari Jeon: Water Dropwort Pancake

Minari 🌿

Minari Jeon with sauce
Minari Jeon

At the end of Spring, I stopped by a vegetable shop for weekly veggie shopping and found Minari.

Minari is the Korean name for water dropwort. It is widely consumed in South Korea during the spring season. Minari is a peppery, herbaceous and slightly bitter plant with large leaves and hollow, long stems. Its leaves and stems are edible and fragrant. The plant is usually bright green but some of them have purple-tipped stems.

Since it is used for many Korean cuisines the ways of cooking Minari are various. We cook it as namul, kimchi, Jeon(Pancake), e.t.c. Also since its strong herby fragrance, people often cook it mportant ingredient for removing smell from the dishes cooked with fish or meat.

Nutrition of Minari

Minari
Minari

Minari is well known for its nutrition. It is rich in Vitamin B1, B2 and C. Also Minari is high in minerals and fibres such as protein, iron and calcium and is well-known for detoxing our body and lowering our body heat.

Minari Jeon: Water Dropwort Pancake

After buying a bunch of Minari, I was thinking about how to cook them. And one of my joyful memories came up to my mind. It was when I hiked a local mountain in February. We were quite exhausted from the hiking at that time and near the top of the mountain, we found a cafe made out of old tents. Although the cafe looked very old, the cafe seemed loved by hikers. It was very busy. Around the cafe, there were huge and flat stones and tree trunks that were used for nature tables and chairs. People were eating Korean savoury pancakes with rice wine by sitting on the stones or tree trunks. We had a Minari pancake on the stone table with a bottle of rice wine. We both were very surprised by how delicious it is. Probably the environment, being in Nature and tiredness and huger, would have helped make this experience much more joyful. Anyway, I wanted to make Minari pancake like that by myself. The pancake that surprises others.

The Minari Pancake in Mountain Cafe
The Minari Pancake in Mountain Cafe
Minari Jeon: Water Dropwort Pancake
Minari Jeon: Water Dropwort Pancake

The American film about a Korean Family: Minari

In 2021, there was a film that surprised South Korean. The American drama film β€˜Minari’ is about the first generation of Korean immigrants in Arkansas, U.S.A. in the 1980s. In the film, the grandma who visited America for her daughter’s family, Soonja took David who is her grandson to plant Minari seeds by the creek. She told him that Minari grows well even in unfavourable environments. The film shows the struggles of the first generation of Korean immigrant families in America to settle down in a strange country witch uses a different language and has a different culture.

Film Minari Poster
Film – Minari

The grandson David is singing a Minari song while Soonja is planting the seed. So like the little boy, Justin and I were also singing the song together while making the Minari pancake until we empty the plate very quickly. If you want to know what is Minari fragrance like and why South Korean love it, now it is time for you to try my recipe!

Ingredients

  • 50g Minari
  • 80g Carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 Chilly thinly sliced
  • 50g Buchim Garu or flour
  • 50g Potato starch
  • 100g Coldwater
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Perilla oil or any vegetable oil

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • ΒΌ tsp Korean chili powder
  • Β½ tsp Sesame oil
  • Β½ tsp Sesame Seed

How to cook

  • Rinse Minari, carrot and the chilly
  • Cut the Minari 2cm length
  • Slice thinly the carrots and chilly
  • In the mixing bowl add the Buchimgaru or flour, the potato starch and the cold water and mix them well.
Thinly sliced vegetables
Thinly sliced vegetables
The mixture of flour, starch and cold water
The mixture of flour, starch and cold water
  • Add the sliced veggies into the bowl and mix them well until every vegetable is well coated.
Add them to the bowl
Add them to the bowl
Coat with the batter
Coat with the batter
  • Add 1 tbsp of Perilla oil or any vegetable oil to the pan and heat the pan to low-medium heat
  • Place the mixture into the pan and press gently with the tablespoon and add a little bit of oil on the edge of the mixture for extra crispiness.
Place the mixture into the pan and press
Place the mixture into the pan and press
Add extra oil for crispiness
Add extra oil for crispiness
  • Once the edge of the pancake started to change to golden, and then flip the pancake.
  • Meanwhile, add all ingredients for the sauce into the small bowl.
  • Once both sides become golden and crispy your Minari Jeon is ready! Enjoy your Minari Jeon 🌿
Flip the pancake when the edge changes its colour
Flip the pancake when the edge changes its colour
Enjoy your Minari Jeon!
Enjoy your Minari Jeon!

Ingredients

Ingredients For the Sauce

Recipe

  • Rinse Minari, carrot and the chilly
  • Cut the Minari 2cm length
  • Slice thinly the carrots and chilly
  • In the mixing bowl add the Buchimgaru or flour, the potato starch and the cold water and mix them well.
  • Add the sliced veggies into the bowl and mix them well until every vegetable is well coated.
  • Add 1 tbsp of Perilla oil or any vegetable oil to the pan and heat the pan to low-medium heat
  • Place the mixture into the pan and press gently with the tablespoon and add a little bit of oil on the edge of the mixture for extra crispiness.
  • Once the edge of the pancake started to change to golden, and then flip the pancake.
  • Meanwhile, add all ingredients for the sauce into the small bowl.
  • Once both sides become golden and crispy your Minari Jeon is ready! Enjoy your Minari Jeon 🌿

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