Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chamchi Jeon (Tuna Pancakes)

Another one of the Korean mums suggested that I make these tuna pancakes for Z's lunchbox. It's quick and easy to prepare especially when mornings at home with the kids can get quite busy sometimes. They are a little like crab cakes, using tuna instead. The addition of the baking powder gives these mini pancakes their crisp edges. Here's the recipe:

Chamchi Jeon (Tuna Pancakes)
Makes 6


1 small 95g can tuna, drained well and lightly mashed
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 stalk spring onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp panko crumbs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
1 tbsp olive oil for frying
Mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and ketchup to serve


Combine tuna, egg, spring onions, panko, baking powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine. Heat up oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Drop heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the pan, using the spoon to shape the cakes into rounds. Fry them for 2-3 minutes each side until brown and crisp. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Serve hot or cold with a drizzle of mayonnaise, barbecue sauce or ketchup. Ideal for picnics and school lunchboxes!