Korean Leek Pancakes (BUCHU BUCHINGAE)

Makes 8 pancakes Prep Time 30 minutes   Cook Time 5 minutes   Rated:


Late night dinner? Lazy weekend lunch? Even a last minute Sunday breakfast? This is a super quick and very more-ish, protein packed meal that is perfect with the traditional bowl of kimchi and of course that dipping sauce that is next level amazing.

Korean leek pancakes, also known as pa jun or pajeon, have a long history in Korean cuisine. The origin of these savory pancakes can be traced back to the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea from 1392 right through to 1910.

During this time, Korean farmers grew leeks and spring onions as a staple crop, as they were easy to cultivate and provided a source of sustenance during the long, cold winters. As a result, leeks and spring onions became a common ingredient in many traditional Korean dishes, including pancakes. (Might I remind you, that nearly all street food in Korea is based around a pancake batter of some sort? It is truly amazing!)

Whilst we don't have Korean leeks here, we subbed in our regular Aussie leek, and we don't think the Joseon Dynasty would have minded. Enjoy.

Speaking of pancakes...have you tried any of these?

Kimchi Pancake

Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Discard Pancakes

Pecan Buckwheat Pancakes

Scallion (Spring Onion) Pancakes

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To make the pancakes, place flours, one egg (save the remaining 2 eggs for later) and water into Thermomix bowl. Combine 10 sec/speed 6. Scrape bowl and repeat.


Add capsicum, leek and seasoning. Stir through with spatula until combined. Set aside.


In a small bowl, whisk the 2 remaining eggs with a fork. Set aside.


Heat a pan over medium heat.


Place a little EVOO and butter in hot pan, pour batter in and cook for 1 minute. Then drizzle some of the beaten egg on top. When browning, flip pancake to cook the other side. Continue until all batter is used up.


To make the dipping sauce, place garlic into Thermomix bowl. Chop 3 sec/speed 7. Add remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds and kimchi. Combine 8 sec/speed 6. Add sesame seeds and stir through.


Cut into squares and serve with kimchi and dipping sauce.

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