Buchujeon (Garlic Chive Pancakes)

Simple Korean savory pancakes made with buchu (garlic chives)! Learn how to make it two ways! 
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Savory pancakes are a big part of Korean home cooking. Koreans make pancakes with all sorts of ingredients — kimchi (kimchijeon), seafood and scallions (haemul pajeon), potato (gamjajeon), zucchini (hobak buchim), etc. This buchujeon (부추전) is made with buchu (부추), Korean garlic chives. It’s another very common pancake at Korean homes!

When savory pancakes are seasoned with gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste) and/or doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste), they are called jangtteok (장떡), so the red version of this pancake I am showing here is actually called buchu jangtteok (부추장떡). You can simply add gochujang, doenjang or a combination. In this recipe, I just used gochujang. It adds a nice spicy kick to the pancakes.

Garlic chives have dark green flat leaves and a delicate garlic flavor. Korean garlic chives are thinner and tenderer than Chinese garlic chives commonly found in America. For this recipe, I used Korean garlic chives I grew in my backyard, but they are also available at Korean markets. If you can’t find Korean chives, you can use the Chinese variety for this recipe. Look for ones with thin and narrow blades.

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Buchujeon can be made simply with buchu, but I also added thinly sliced onions here. It adds delicious sweetness to the pancakes. Sometimes, I also add thinly sliced perilla leaves (깻잎, kkaennip) and/or chili peppers. If you like it a bit meaty, add some minced pork.

Korean pancake mix (buchim garu, 부침가루) is best to use for Korean savory pancakes. The ready made mix includes cornstarch, and/or rice powder for crispy pancakes and is flavored with garlic and onion powder and seasoned with salt. If you can’t find it, simple use all purpose flour or gluten free flour. You can also add some cornstarch and/or rice flour for a slightly chewier, crispier texture. 

You can make 2 large pancakes with this recipe. Cut into small pieces before serving or simply let the diners tear with the chopsticks as they eat. Or, make a few small pieces instead.

More Korean savory pancakes recipes

Kimchi jeon (kimchi pancakes)
Nokdujeon (savory mung bean pancakes)
Gamjajeon (potato pancakes)
Hobak buchim (zucchini pancakes)
Haemul Pajeon (Scallion seafood pancakes)

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Buchjeon (Garlic Chive Pancakes)

5 from 6 votes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients

  • Makes 2 large pancakes or 6 small ones
  • 1 cup Korean pancake mix (buchimgaru, 부침가루) or simply use all purpose flour or gluten free flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt - see note
  • 3 ounces garlic chives buchu, 부추
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 1 teaspoon soup soy sauce or regular soy sauce or fish sauce

Optional Spicy Version

  • 1 cup Korean pancake mix buchimgaru, 부침가루
  • 3 ounces garlic chives buchu, 부추
  • 1/4 medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang Korean chili pepper paste

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut the garlic chives into about 2-inch length pieces. Thinly slice the onion.
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  • Add the pancake mix to a large bowl. Stir in 1 cup of icy cold water and the soy sauce (or gochujang for the spicy version) and mix lightly. The batter should be thin.
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  • Mix in the garlic chives and onion.
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  • Heat one tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Ladle the mixture into the pan, and spread it evenly into a thin round shape. Cook until the edges turn light golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low if the pancake browns too quickly. Turn it over, adding more oil to the sides of the pan, and press it down with a spatula. Cook until the other side is light golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Repeat the process until there is no remaining batter and the optional spicy version. Serve with a dipping sauce.
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Notes

You can also use 4/3 cup flour, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of rice powder, if available, for a chewier, crisper texture. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt. 
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