Bindaeduk (Mung Bean Pancakes)

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Mung bean is more popular than soy bean throughout Southeast Asia as a major source of proteins as well as other nutrition. It's easier in digestion and more versatile too. Read more health benefits of this bean.

Yields: 10, 5-inch cakes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups soaked, peels split mung bean (soak 2 cups dried in 4 cups water overnight or at least 4-5 hours)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped kimchi
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 scallions, cut 2-inches long, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 10 tablespoons coconut oil

Dipping Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Preparation

  1. Blend soaked mung bean and water in the blender until batter becomes very smooth
  2. In medium bowl, combine mung bean batter and remaining ingredients (except coconut oil), mix well.
  3. Heat medium non-stick skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tsp coconut oil.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of mung bean batter mixture into pan. Cook until surface becomes golden brown and crispy, flip and cook on the other side. Serve hot with dipping sauce on the side.
  5. Make dipping sauce: combine all ingredients into small bowl. Mix thoroughly and serve.

 

Health Benefits of Mung Bean

What's Mung Bean?

Mung bean is more popular than soy bean throughout Southeast Asia as a major source of proteins as well as other nutrition. It's easier in digestion than soybean too. It's more versatile in cooking because it contains more carbohydrates than soybean and 15x less fat! You can make it into a noodle or cake or even ice cream!

Mung bean sprout is very high in vitamins and phytochemicals which aid in the the body's protection against colon and pancreas cancer. It also helps prevent the onset of osterporsis and cardiovascular diseases.

Nutritional Facts

  • 1 cup of dried mung bean (makes 5 5-inch pancakes)
  • 1 pancake has less than 200 Kcal, 10g protein, 9g fiber
  • Good source of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium

 

Health Benefits of Kimchi in Korean Cooking

Kimchi means fermented vegetables, since many kinds of bacterial reactions contribute to build its flavor. The most important is lactic acid which aids digestion.

The pungent action of the chili pepper, the phyto chemical, capsaicin, stimulates the mucous membranes of the stomach. Organic acids control stomach secretions and fermentation produces vitamins B1, B2, B12 and nicotinic acid. Moreover, the vegetable fibers also activate bowel movement, solving constipation. This is the reason that kimchi was picked for one of 5 healthiest foods in the world by Health Magazine in 2006.

Kimchi gives special flavor to stews and sautéed vegetables. Try it on noodles, rice and tofu or make your own variations. It also gives very good flavor to kimchi pancakes and kimchi fried rice.

Kimchi Seasoning Recipe

This recipe is very easy to follow and once this seasoning is made, keep frozen to conveniently make kimchi. Divide seasoning into 1 cup batches for easy use.

Yields

  • 7 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shiitake mushroom stock or water
  • 4 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup pear puree (any kind of sweet and soft pear), 7 oz
  • 1 cup onion puree (white or yellow onion), 7 oz
  • 1/2 cup Korean radish puree (3 1/2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 3 cups dried red chili pepper (coarsely ground without seeds)
  • 3/4 cup garlic, minced or food processed (5 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup sea salt

Preparation

  1. In a small pot, combine water and sweet rice flour. Mix well over medium heat, bringing the mixture to boil. Keep stirring with whisk until it turns into porridge (about 3-5 min). Pour into medium bowl and cool.
  2. In medium bowl, combine pureed pear, onion, radish, and apple juice, cooled sweet rice porridge and red pepper, and then mix until well blended. Let it sit for approx 10 min
  3. Add garlic, ginger, salt and stock or water to the mixture

 

Popular Neighborhoods in Seoul, Korea

Whether you are coming to Seoul for the food, museums, history, shopping, culture, or all of the above, here are some resources you may find helpful.

Neighborhood Overview

  • Apgujeong - Seoul's answer to Beverly Hills. It's in the heart of Gangnam and famous for its Rodeo Street. Lots of restaurants and young people out and about.
  • Banpo - more residential with beautiful waterfronts
  • Cheongdam - you'll find high end restaurants and nightclubs here. part of Gangnam.
  • Daehangno - university town with inexpensive shops and cafes
  • Dongdaemun Market - food and shopping markets. Great food tour here.
  • Ewha - Womans University here. Lots of student cafes, nail salons and cosmetic stores
  • Gangnam - Central neighborhood with wide street, electric lights and high price tags. Some great happy hour/drinking places (like Japanese Izakaya) can be found here.
  • Garosugil/Sinsa - For creative types in the artistic fringe
  • Hongdae - Party until tomorrow here, nightclubs and bright lights
  • Insadong - historic and tourist-laden. Come for traditional Korean dishes and crowds
  • Itaewon - Many expats, LGBTQ friendly bars, and ethnic markets. Borders American military base
  • Jongno-gu - Towering office complexes and trendy bars
  • Jung-gu - residential neighorhood housing Seoul's City Hall and Seoul Tower
  • Myeongdong - tourist beat for shopping
  • Namdaemun - maze of eateries and shopping stalls in this packed market
  • Noryangjin - famous fish market and petite suburb
  • Samcheongdong - you'll find traditional Korean homes, beautiful Autumn foliage and cozy ramen shops
  • Sangam - hosted 2002 World Cup
  • Seocho - residential district of affluent families
  • Sinchon - more college town partying
  • Yeongdeungpo - Korea's Chinatown
  • Yeouido - Similar to New York's Financial District. Lots of banks reside here
  • Yongsan - transit hub

 

Grandmother's Napa Kimchi

Yields: 1 gallon

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Napa cabbage
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 pound Korean radish, cut into 1-inch pieces (1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup kimchi seasoning
  • 1 cup stock

Preparation

  1. Cut the cabbage into 1-inch pieces and put them into large bowl
  2. Dissolve kosher salt in the water, and pour it over the cabbage. Using your hands, mix well. Allow mixture to sit for 4-5 hours at room temperature, tossing it from time to time.
  3. Discard the liquid that has leaked out of the cabbage and wash cabbage in water twice and drain well.
  4. Put washed and drained cabbages back into large bowl, add radish and sea salt and mix well with kimchi seasoning using your hand (wearing gloves is recommended) and pack tightly into a glass jar or plastic container. The kimchi must be covered with liquid while it ferments. If more liquid is needed, add water to the mixing bowl to get any remaining kimchi seasoning. Keep at room temperature for 1-2 days, and then keep in refrigerator.