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Wild green onion pancake

By Maangchi

Are you enjoying the early spring? Is there any way to inhale and eat the spring? This is my way to feel the spring: I made a pancake from wild green onions called “sandallae” in Korean.

Sandallae is everywhere these days and it’s soft enough to eat.

The most exciting thing about this pancake is that I didn’t pay any money for the main ingredient!  Yaho! : ) I picked the sandallae in Central Park.

I picked only a handful, enough for 1 pancake. Yes, I thanked the ground where it grew for giving me this wonderful harvest! I didn’t pull out the bulbs so more will grow. The only bulb I picked is in the photo below, which I picked so I could show you what it looks like:

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29 Comments:

  1. sookyz My profile page joined 4/11
    Posted April 17th, 2011 at 1:01 pm | # |

    I just noticed I have a lot of wild green onions in my backyard! Thanks Maangchi for letting us know we can eat them!

  2. Myeongwol Mexico My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted April 6th, 2011 at 2:46 pm | # |

    Maangchi…thanks a lot for sharing Pajeon´s recepie!!!! Totally success at home, i just made them last night for dinner…(hoping to have some letfover for breakfast…sadly…all gone by my husband)!!!! Maangchi…you rock!!!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted April 6th, 2011 at 6:33 pm | # |

      Thank you for your update! I’m happy to hear that your husband loved the pajeon you made! ^^

  3. fairygothmom Glen Cove, NY My profile page joined 1/11
    Posted April 4th, 2011 at 4:50 pm | # |

    These are also known as “ramps” and you shouldn’t worry about pulling up some of the bulbs, they split and create new plants so they spread and you’ll have more. I never thought to use them in jeon though. Yay, new side for my lunchbox!

  4. theheidster Tennessee My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted March 25th, 2011 at 4:39 pm | # |

    We have those growing all over our yard–I never knew you could really eat them! Thanks for sharing this!!

  5. jinjelle Saint Paul, MN My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted March 25th, 2011 at 2:39 pm | # |

    Hello again – – love our site and look forward to each new idea, but do you have the recipe for the Wild green onion pancake? Is there a link somewhere to it? It sounds wonderful! Thank you.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted March 26th, 2011 at 11:06 am | # |

      So far many people have asked for the recipe since I posted this blog, but I didn’t pay attention to the measurements when I cooked the pancake. I will provide the measurements soon. I think I have to go out to pick some wild green onions again. Where shall I go : )

  6. powerplantop Louisiana My profile page I'm a fan! joined 6/09
    Posted March 25th, 2011 at 8:19 am | # |

    My mother in law used these once in bulgogi in place of garlic. It was really nice.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted March 25th, 2011 at 12:18 pm | # |

      : ) nice to hear that! I’m sure your mother-in-law gives you lots of compliments on your Korean cooking!

  7. Ina Maryland,USA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 10/08
    Posted March 25th, 2011 at 6:41 am | # |

    I love this recipe..Thank you so much,Onni.Before I look at it as weeds now its yummy eats..Good thing we don’t use fertilizer on are lawn.:-))

  8. Sylvia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/08
    Posted March 24th, 2011 at 10:10 pm | # |

    Yay, I live in NY suburbs and I have a lot of these wild onions in my yard!
    I can’t wait to try this. Tomorrow!!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted March 25th, 2011 at 7:14 am | # |

      haha, I imagine you are busy pulling out all your wild onions. You could make salad with it or add it to doenjang jjigae.

      • Sylvia My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/08
        Posted March 25th, 2011 at 7:38 am | # |

        doenjang jjigae, great idea, I’ll try that too.
        I have a Korean friend who lives in a condo, I will take her some Sandallae today.

  9. Maha Al Debes Jordan My profile page joined 12/10
    Posted March 24th, 2011 at 10:00 pm | # |

    Looking great & fresh
    Happy spring Maangchi

  10. Earthangel626 New York My profile page I'm a fan! joined 11/10
    Posted March 24th, 2011 at 9:11 pm | # |

    That is so cool! We also have some wild onions in our backyard. My mother in law planted them long long time ago and they spread throughout our yard. Everytime we mow the lawn, we can smell them! :)

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted March 25th, 2011 at 7:17 am | # |

      ” Everytime we mow the lawn, we can smell them! ” no more waste! : ) Make pancake, salad, or add it to doenjang jjigae.

  11. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario My profile page joined 9/10
    Posted March 24th, 2011 at 9:06 pm | # |

    These look like “Chives” yes? Same plant or different?

  12. SweetRanma The Bronx My profile page joined 9/10
    Posted March 24th, 2011 at 8:15 pm | # |

    LMBOOO thanks for the tips. Economic is tough. Love free stuff XDD

  13. zuna_ryuhaimeev My profile page joined 3/11
    Posted March 24th, 2011 at 7:07 pm | # |

    Could you post the recipe as well? It looks yummy! <3

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted March 25th, 2011 at 7:23 am | # |

      I made the batter with flour, water, soybean paste (instead of salt), and a pinch of sugar. The batter should be runny. Good luck with making good pancake!


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