Nokdujeon (Savory Mung Bean Pancakes)

 

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas with lots of great food! Hopefully, Santa was nice to you as well! Like most of you, I’ve been incredibly busy shopping, wrapping, cooking, eating, and most importantly hanging out with my loving family!

As the new year approaches, I thought I’d share a dish that I grew up eating on New Year’s day. nokdujeon (녹두전), aka nokdu bindaetteok (녹두 빈대떡), is a type of savory Korean pancake made with ground nokdu (mung beans).

The dried mung beans are soaked in water for hours and then ground into a batter. Typically, mung bean sprouts, pork, gosari (fern brakes), scallions, and/or kimchi are added to the batter for additional flavor and texture. (In this recipe, I’ve omitted gosari.)

The result is crispy golden brown pancakes that are soft and nutty with some added crunch from the vegetables. This recipe makes quite a few pancakes, but it’s very easy to cut the recipe in half if desired. I hope you make this Korean holiday favorite for your New Year’s feast.

makes about 12 5-inch pancakes
Ingredients:

2 cups dried mung beans* (yields about 4 cups soaked)
8 ounces (230 grams) sukju namul (mung bean sprouts)
8 ounces (230 grams) kimchi
6 – 8 scallions
4 ounces (110 grams) pork , ground or finely chopped
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt

vegetable oil for pan frying

(*For convenience, I buy “peeled and split” beans. The quality of mung beans make a big difference in the taste of the pancakes, so be sure to pay a little more to buy quality beans.)

Rinse and soak the mung beans in water for 3 – 4 hours. Drain.

Meanwhile, cook the mung bean sprouts in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking. Drain and gently squeeze out excess water. Thinly slice the kimchi and scallions. In a large bowl, combine the kimchi, bean sprouts, scallions, meat, soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic. Mix well.

In a blender, grind 2 cups of the soaked beans in 1 cup of cold water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt until it has a coarse, sandlike consistency.

Add to the vegetable and meat mixture. Repeat with the remaining beans. Gently mix the mung bean batter until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan over medium to medium high heat. Ladle the mixture into the pan and spread it evenly into a thin round shape. Cook until the bottom is golden brown (2 – 3 minutes), and turn it over, adding more oil. Press it down with a spatula, and cook for another 2- 3 minutes. Repeat the process with the rest of the mixture.

Serve hot off the pan with the dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
pinch of black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes (gochugaru)

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  1. I would say these are some of the best photographs I have seen.
  2. Delicious. These remind me of these other korean pancakes we would eat a lot while living there. I think they were called Pajeon? I just ate some kimchi, and now I want those!
  3. Thank you, Loveforfood! You are so kind.

    Emily - Pajeon is great too. Thanks for stopping by!
  4. Anonymous says:
    AMAZING!!! i LOVE nokdujeon and when i saw the recipe i got very excited. i made this for new years day lunch at my in-laws and everybody raved about them. thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
    • Hi, Anonymous! I am so happy to hear you and your in-laws like them. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me the feedback. I really appreciate it.
  5. Hi, I am a new follower, it is nice to meet you. I have been looking for a recipe like this, thank you, I just bought mung beans yesterday. Can't wait to try this. Happy New Year.
  6. Looks wonderful! This is actually on my to-try-list, when I first saw this mungbean pancake recipe in a cookbook, it's really intriguing me and I wanted to know how it tastes like. I am curious about using the mungbean in the batter and the nutty taste. It's kind of tedious but I will sure to make it one day. ;)
  7. Anonymous says:
    Excellent recipe, thank you for sharing.My family loved the pancakes.
    • Anonymous - I am delighted to hear your family loved the pancakes. Thank you so much for trying out my recipe and leaving me the feedback. I greatly appreciate it.
  8. Anonymous says:
    Can you tell me which brand of the split and peeled mung beans you use? I can get to several Korean (and Indian) grocery stores so I should be able to find it. Thanks!

    Courtney
  9. Anonymous says:
    I just make these and they are so delicious!! My family loves them!!