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Seafood scallion pancakes with soy dipping sauce

November 11, 2009

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Makes two 8-inch pancakes

Adding cornstarch to all-purpose flour makes a crispy pancake. To cut it up, do it the Korean way with kitchen shears.

SAUCE

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon Korean red pepper flakes
1/2 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 slice ( 1/2 inch) fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, water, vinegar, scallions, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil.

2. Stir well; set aside.

PANCAKES

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold water
3 scallions, cut into 3-inch pieces
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1/2 red pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into matchsticks
1/4 pound scallops, coarsely chopped
1/4 pound baby shrimp
2 tablespoons canola oil
1. In a large bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, and water.

2. Add the scallions, carrot, red pepper, scallops, and shrimp. Stir well.

3. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. To test the heat, drop a tiny bit of batter into the pan. If it sizzles and firms up, the pan is ready. Add half the batter and use the back of a metal spatula to spread the pancake evenly in the pan. Cook for 3 minutes or until the bottom is brown and crispy. With the spatula, turn the pancake and press the top again. Fry until the center is done and the underside is crisp. Transfer to a platter.

4. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining batter.

5. Make 2 parallel cuts on each pancake; then make 2 cuts perpendicular to the first, to form 9 pieces. Serve with dipping sauce. Adapted from Jae Chung