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Last updated at 15:07 BST, Thursday, 23 July 2009


Mateo Hwang

This recipe was sent in by Mateo Hwang from South Korea

The finished dish

Pajeon is a very popular Korean cuisine, especially, in rainy day, with the Korean rice wine. Pajeon means a pancake with small green spring onions. You can add some you like in it. Personally, I prefer the Pajeon with seafood and most people like it. It’s so delicious. I’m 100% sure that you will love it.

Mateo Hwang


  • 100g of small green onions (or chives)
  • 50g scallions (or spring onions)
  • 1/3 cup clams
  • 1/2 cup oysters
  • 1/2 cup of mussels
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • shrimps

Ingredients for the batter

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup rice flour (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups water

Ingredients for the dipping sauce

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped spring onion
  • ½ tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Trim the small green onions and scallions and cut them into 4-inch lengths.
  2. Wash oysters, clams, and mussels in brine (5 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt) and drain.
  3. Slice oysters, clams and mussels.
  4. To make the batter, beat all the ingredients together with a whisk into a light batter. Mix half the chopped seafood into the batter.
  5. Heat some oil in a frying pan over a low heat and arrange the green onions and scallions in a neat row in the pan. Ladle a scoop of the batter onto them.
  6. Allow the pancake to cook slightly, then sprinkle the seafood and spread a little bit more of the batter mixture on the top.
  7. Turn the pancake and fry until each side becomes golden brown.
  8. Serve the pan-fried green onion and seafood pancake with a sauce made by mixing all the sauce ingredients together.

You can make this recipe omitting the seafood if you like. Try putting your favourite veggies in there instead.

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Hoang, Vietnam
I think Thuynga sister is right but if you called it is pancake.You can change a little for the name is seafood pancake or something similar like that^_^

Yuqin Zhong, China
I like this dish very much! But I think I won't try to cook it. Because I'm a weak cook.

Yw Nam, South Korea
wow! I live in France now and when I saw picture of pajeon in morning, I'm quitely suprised^^It's one of the best ways to present korean food. Thank you for posting!

Maxxine, Korea
Korean rice wine is not good expression . Mag-ger-li or Makgeolli aregood expression like Mr Sunny and MissCristal. And Pajeon is Pajeon as Kimchi is Kimchi, Sashimi is Sashimi.As different as pancake from Pajeon.

Duria, Australia
I like that food... It's not easy to cook for me who is not good at cooking.I have craving for it...

Olivia, China
Pajeon tastes so nice..

Eun, Seoul, South Korea
what a small world ! mateo ! it's been a long time- guess who am i- haha- look nice with ur photo and recipe !

Gyummy, Qatar
it looks so nice~ my mouth is watery.thank you for your recipe and i'll try it tomorrow :)

Allie, South Korea
it's the best food in rainy day like he says. I recommend u should try it and u gonna love this. oh~~~~ It make me hungry ă… ă… 

Sunny, South Korea
It's really delicious, esp, I had pajeong with mag-ger-li (Traditional Korean liquor)in rainy day :-)

Cristal, Korea
It would be good eating this with makgeolli or soju!!

SJ Kim, South Korea
OMG~ This is one of my favorite foods. It is obviously easy to cook, and delicious!!! I am sure you will love it!!

SY Kang, South Korea
Many of my foreign friends liked Pajeon very much when I cooked it for them, however, when I was asked to tell them the recipe, it was somewhat difficult! Thank you very much for your instructions!!!:) I will definitely let them know how to make the dish!!:D

Gu, Korea
I am crazy to drink the korean rice wine. It's really nice!

Silvio, Brazil
I love cooking and trying recipe. Also seafood. This recipe looks delicious. I´ll try.

Sue, South Korea
It looks beautiful! It was rainy today so I regret not to have Pajeon at this moment. I'll ask my mum to make this tomorrow!

Jin, South Korea
wow, I'm in London.I really miss Korean food!!

Jennifer, Costa Rica
It`s sound delicious, I loved the seafood

Soo youn, South Korea
Pajeon and Korean traditional rice wine - Macgoli, what you need more? :)

Tinh Pratt, England
My husband and I love seafood, it's a breaking idea with your recipe to make some pajeon this weekend. It's just great like Vietnamese 'banh xeo', I bet they must be delicious.

One of my favorite!Tastes Good.....Also Good for health....We should remember!!Thanks for posting.

Beata, Poland
I like seafood and I think it's very tasty. I'll try it.

Peter, Canada
It looks great on the photo, I am sure it taste even better so I will go to some Korean restaurant soon to order this dish

Jieun, Korea
Oh, dear~ I was extremly happy with this picture, I stay in London now, so I haven't eaten Korean food for ages, There are some Korean restaurant in London, but prices are too high to enjoy them often. Anyway, thank you for your recipe, take care~

Adil, Balochistan
great love it

Thuynga, Vietnam
hey guy!!!you're a deft man.I like Korea and your food. They are so nice and delicious. I will try to cook follow your suggestion. Thanks...

Kathrina Joy, Philippines
Wow!...It's perfect!Because as of now,I'm thinking for a special dinner for tonight...Thank's for giving me a BRILLIANT idea.

Minsoon, South Korea
It looks good! I live in Busan where Pajeon is from. If you want more vegetabeles instead of Seafood(I know some Europeans hate it), just add more onion or carrot!!I tried it with my friends from Switzerland,Germany, they loved I made it in Germany about 2 months ago!!! I will let them know this recipe!! thanks!!

I'm found of the hot paste in Korea,it's good to eat it with chinese cabbage.I'll try your recipe,thank you!

J, South Korea
I ate it as my dinner, yesterday. However, we need to drink Dongdongju, which is Korean way's alcohol, with pajeon. Anyway, you had a great work. ;]


Tin Moe Han, Myanmar
It looks healthy and delicious.I would like to try it.Thank for sharing.

Jessie, S. Korea
If you don't like seafood, you can add meat (pork) instead. we have oyster pancake and seafood, pork etc. There are variety of choices so you can make it your own way.

SM Choi, South Korea
It's so delicious. If you want to make it better easily, you can by packaged flour in korean grocery.

Huong, Vietnam
wow! I like it. it sounds delicious

MJ Kim, South korea
I'm really hungry now!

Taehee Kim, Korea
i am very pleased to see my contry foodon bbc website.if you like seefood,i am sure you like pajeon. you can put any veg you like if you do not is tasty.

thanks,i love corean food,im brasilian,but i like to eat bugorgui,kimichi...

Monika, Poland
I think it's very interesting recipe, but personally I hate seafood. it's a good idea use vegetables instead. I'll try this recipe soon.

It looks so great,and easy to make.I can't wait to try it.

Agnès, France
It makes my mouth water!It's easy to carry out this recipe and fit all tastes.Quickly, let's set to work!

i havent had a chance to enjoy pajeon but i know for sure that it must be really delicous.i love korea for everything especially famous foods.

Cherry, Hong Kong
Thanks for your recipe! It's a tasty dish but surprisingly not so difficult to make. Thanks again!

Jane,South Korea
I like pajeon too,but I don't like pajeon with seafood.I like pajeon with kimchi! Thank you for your recipe.

It sounds like "banh xeo" of Vietnam. I hope a chance to taste your Pajeon.

South Korea
I think that this will be very delicious

Ben, Hong Kong
It sounds delicious!

Quynh Thao, Vietnam

DĂłra, Hungary
Hi!It sounds good, I've already tried it in South Korea, however it was not really 'well done'. It was without any seafood or extra vegetables, only onions.I'll try this version, hope it tastes much better.

Taeyun, South korea
It's great. In summer rainy days, my family has enjoyed 'Pajeon' sometimes.It's a korean traditional food. Try it.

Susie, United Kingdom
This is really good...It's not difficult to make and it tastes very nice.Thanks!

Mai, Egypt
I didn't try it yet, but I think it is yummy and very delicious. I love asian food.

so hyun, Seoul
Wow! I love pajeon :) I miss pajeon especially on rainy days. I always miss pajeon nowadays because I'm in England.

AR, Korea
Actually I had it today for lunch!

Me, Brazil
Very nice this recipe, I will try it!!!

It seems delicious and yummy.I will give it a try but I think it would be difficult to bring all those kinds of seafood so I will omit some of them.Thanks very much for this scrummy dish.

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