Recipe: Korean Pancake With Sliced Roots and Chilli Sweet and Sour Tamari

One of my dearest friends, Soljee, is from South Korea, and I have spent quite a lot of time there. One of my favourite and quickest dishes to make is the Korean pancake – crispy on the outside and filled with veggie goodness on the inside, it is wonderful dipped in the best tamari dressing ever!

You can use any type of flour in this recipe that you have in the kitchen – Chickpea, Rice, Buckwheat, Plain – any version works. Plus, feel free to swap and change the veggies inside. Raid your kitchen and use up all of your sad-looking left-over vegetables – this recipe will bring them back to life and make them oh-so-delicious! I’ve used asparagus in this recipe but I also love to use carrots, tender stem broccoli (stalks and all), onion and spring onion which you can see in my latest video.

A quick dish that is guaranteed to be your new favorite : my plant based Korean pancake recipe is crispy on the outside and filled with veggie goodness on the inside, it is wonderful dipped in the best tamari dressing ever! From my plant-based cookbook Happy Food.

Korean Pancake

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour mix (or any type of flour will work)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • pinch of baking soda
  • olive oil, for frying
  • 3 1/2 ounces asparagus spears (1/2 bunch), sliced lengthways
  • 1/2 leek, sliced lengthways
  • 1 carrot, chopped into thin sticks
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup tamari soy sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 garlic clove, peeled and grated
  • To serve:
  • 2 spring onions (scallions), chopped
  • black or white sesame seeds
  • coriander (cilantro), optional
  • Gluten-Free flour mix:
  • Makes 2 pounds flour, you will have extra:
  • 1 1/3 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup potato starch/flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour


  1. Start off by mixing all the ingredients for the dressing in a small jar, pop the lid on, give it a shake and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, water and baking soda and set aside.
  3. Heat some oil in a frying pan (skillet) over medium heat. Add all the veggies and fry for 5 minutes until brown.
  4. Spread the veggies out evenly in the pan and pour over the batter until you have a big pancake. Cook for 5 minutes on each side until crispy and golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately, cut into slices, topped off with the spring onions, sesame seeds, coriander and the amazing dressing alongside.

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