Seasonal Recipes

Zucchini Pancake (hobak jeon)

  
Recipe by Eun Hee An at Moonpark 
  
1 kg black mussels, scrubbed
large zucchini (about 770gm)
225 gm (1½ cups) plain flour
1garlic clove, crushed
1 bunch Chinese chives, finely chopped
1 tspgochugaru (dried chilli flakes)
For shallow frying : grapeseed oil
Heat a large saucepan until hot, add mussels with 100ml hot water, cover with a lid and cook, removing mussels with tongs as they open (2-3 minutes). Strain pan juice through a fine sieve, reserving 350ml and ensuring there’s no shell or grit. Remove mussels from shells, de-beard and coarsely chop the mussel meat, then refrigerate the juice and chopped meat separately.

Coarsely grate zucchini into a bowl, add 1 tsp salt, toss to coat and stand for 10 minutes, then rinse off the salt and squeeze out as much water as you can. Combine zucchini with the mussel meat, mussel juice, flour, garlic, chives and gochugaru and refrigerate until required (this can be refrigerated a day ahead).

Heat enough grapeseed oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat to just cover the base (about 5mm deep). Add a third of the batter, spread out to a thickness of roughly 1cm and fry until base is crisp (5-7 minutes), then carefully flip it and cook until the pancake is crisp and cooked through (4-6 minutes). Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer pancakes to plates, cut into bite-size pieces and serve immediately.