Being that I am Russian, I suppose loving anything pickled is in my blood. I also hate throwing away unused food… Which got me thinking, what can I do with a jar of almost expired kimchi other than serving it on the side of something?
My husband and I got a Groupon for a local Korean BBQ joint that served these delicious seafood pancakes, scallion pancakes, veggie pancakes and shrimp pancakes…so why not kimchi?
Guys, listen, if you’re not a fan of kimchi, you’re about to become one. Hubby said it tastes like veggie tempura except with a little kick to it.
Did you know that kimchi has health benefits? Basically what I am saying is pancakes = healthy. YOLO!
Kimchi is low cal, low carb, low sugar, low fat and high fiber. It has probiotic benefits similar to yogurt and other dairy products. It’s good for controlling appetite, controlling blood sugar levels, and cholesterol levels. The fiber in kimchi helps keep you fuller longer.
Here is a fun chart of Kimchi Benefits:
*Visit organicfacts.net for more info*
So, these pancakes were a last minute idea which is so not me… I am a meal planner. Charts and graphs and scribble everywhere! Imagine, “A Beautiful Mind”. I wonder what Russell Crowe’s thoughts are on playing a neurotic, food obsessed Jewish girl. Math and food, same thing, right? Anyway, I digress… sorry sorry sorry!
Yields 4 medium size pancakes
¼ cup kimchi drained and cut into itty bitty pieces
1 egg and 4 tablespoons egg whites
2-3 tablespoons kimchi juice (add more or less depending on spice preference)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
¼ cup chopped scallions
½ cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons evoo
*Served with Thai Kitchen’s sweet red chili dipping sauce
Heat pan with olive oil
Mix all ingredients together till it turns into a pancake-y batter
Drop ¼ cup of mixture onto frying pan and spread as thin as possible
Cook on each side for approx. 2 min or until golden brown
If this were planned, I would have made cauliflower fried rice and a sunny side up egg… alas, I did not have the necessary ingredients.
*You can make homemade sauce or use any store bought sauces. I imagine this would taste good with peanut or gyozo dipping sauce.