Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers

Abocadoa eunhaengkochi 아보카도와 은행꼬치

Many people have asked me what kind of Korean appetizers I would recommend. Serving appetizers is not common in Korean traditional cuisine and Korean mothers likely say to their children: “don’t eat any sweets or snacks before dinner! If you eat them, your stomach will get full before eating your main meal.”

But you will see Korean restaurants serve side dishes after taking orders from their customers. While waiting for the main dish to be served, customers eat the side dishes.

When I lived in Korea, avocados were a totally unfamiliar imported fruit usually sold in the basement of huge department stores. I remember they were tremendously expensive. I think the fruit is more and more familiar to Koreans these days.

I usually eat an avocado by itself with a spoon after cutting it in half and putting some soy sauce in the hole where the pit sat.  I sometimes use avocados in California rolls or tuna gimbap. And the ginkgo nut skewers are so easy that I don’t even need to explain them here. Check the video!

Avocados and ginkgo nuts are very healthy fruits, and you’re going to love these appetizers.

Ingredients for avocado appetizers

1 medium size avocado, 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup water, 1-2 ts soybean paste, 1 clove of garlic, egg, salt, and vegetable oil.

Ingredients for ginkgo nut skewers

Vegetable oil, ginkgo nuts, skewers, salt.

Avocado appetizer:

  1. Skin avocados and slice them into several pieces.
  2. Make batter by mixing 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of flour, 1 clove of chopped garlic, and 1 ts of soy bean paste.
  3. Crack an egg into a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Mix it up.
  4. Heat up the pan with some vegetable oil.
  5. Dip sliced avocado into the batter and then coat them with the egg mixture. Put them on the pan and cook until both sides look light golden brown.
  6. Transfer cooked avocado to a serving plate and serve.

Ginkgo nut skewers:

  1. Heat up pan over medium heat and put in 1 tbs of vegetable oil.
  2. Add a handful of ginkgo nuts and 2 ts of salt to the pan.
  3. Stir them with a wooden spoon until the inner skins of ginkgo nuts are broken.
  4. Wrap the cooked ginkgo nuts in a paper towel and rub it the top to remove the inner skins.
  5. Skewer gingko nuts and serve them.



  1. mahtakagui Brazil My profile page joined 2/10
    Posted February 26th, 2010 at 11:07 am | # |

    Hi, soybean paste is equal miso and clove of garlic would be normal garlic? Thank You…

  2. Alex
    Posted September 16th, 2009 at 10:28 pm | # |

    Hey Maangchi! I made the avocado jeon today.. With 3 whole avocados.. I ate soo much.. It was good but I think 3 is too much.. now i am sick of them. LOL

    Here is a photo of my finished piece! (This is after eating like 1.5 avocados already..


  3. Buckie
    Posted May 28th, 2009 at 1:38 pm | # |

    You’re website is AWESOME! I’m half Korean and watching all of this brings me back to oma’s cooking! I love you’re site! I’ve subscribed on youtube as well. lol. A++++

  4. rv65
    Posted May 20th, 2009 at 1:52 am | # |

    This does look like a great appetizer. I should go get some avocados and soybean paste.

  5. ~Amber~
    Posted May 15th, 2009 at 4:41 pm | # |

    HELLO! I came across some of your recipes a while back (on my ipod acually!!) and I have to say, this recipe for the avacodo sidedish is pretty freakin good! hehe.. I have been watching all you have on here and reading what you say about it all. I really like the korean way of cooking and you make it very easy! Thanks!

  6. valerie
    Posted May 12th, 2009 at 12:12 pm | # |

    I’m your latest fan! Love your recipes, thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Christine
    Posted March 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm | # |

    Do we have to use Soybean paste?

  8. Vivian
    Posted March 12th, 2009 at 6:13 am | # |

    Thank you very much for the link,i’ll try to make it again Soon hehe =]

  9. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 7th, 2009 at 4:41 pm | # |

    oh, you must like avocados! : )

  10. Remy
    Posted March 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm | # |

    This is so great! I’m always looking for new ways to eat avocados. Thank you so much.

  11. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 4th, 2009 at 10:46 am | # |

    I think the avocado you used is not ripe. Check this out. I found this site for you:
    And use just all purpose plain flour.

    • Karen
      Posted July 17th, 2009 at 9:32 pm | # |

      I think she used the wrong variety of avocado. You used the Haas variety which has a dark rough skin and a firm oily flesh. It is the best for Mexican guacamole too. The other one is sweeter and more fruity. probably the best for salad and smoothie drinks. Thanks for your videos. I will be making rice cakes soon.

  12. Vivian
    Posted March 4th, 2009 at 5:48 am | # |

    hallo, may name is Vivian..i try to cook with my boyfriend,anyways im still new in cooking.we try to cook avocado but its turn out to be bad,we can’t eat it at all…i think we buy the wrong avocado and the wrong flour..the avocado is green color on the outside and we can’t peel the skin like you did, even the pit also so hard to take.and can i ask what type of flour we have to use,cos when i went to market there are so many flour..i really confuse wish you can help me

    thank you

  13. Julie
    Posted February 15th, 2009 at 6:00 am | # |

    i love avocado! i usually eat it just with salt but im going to try it with soysauce and now this too.

    one bad thing about avocados are that its high in calorie(276) :(

    i love your videos and blog!!!

  14. Anna
    Posted January 25th, 2009 at 2:30 pm | # |

    I eat a raw, vegan diet, but love to cook your recipes for other people (they all love the food). Anyway, your way of eating avocado with soy sauce reminds me of the way I now eat avocado: with dulse (a type of sea plant that’s dark and salty like soy sauce) and a little bit of chopped green onion. This is the one recipe I have to share with you (haha). Thanks for sharing all your knowledge.

  15. Carolina
    Posted January 21st, 2009 at 3:07 pm | # |

    I just ‘found’ you on You Tube and followed your link here. I just thought you might also like avocados my favourite ways, which is (simple)with lemon or lime juice instead of soy sauce, plus salt and pepper. Also, I make a salad of tiny (salad) shrimps, mayo and green onions thinly sliced, plus salt, pepper, and some chili, cayenne or flakes, and any fresh herbs that taste good with shrimps, a bit of lemon juice and zest, mix together and stuff in avocado holes. You could also just add the shrimps into the hole and top with chili sauce for a quicker way, but it only takes a few minutes to make the salad. I LOVE avocados.

  16. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted January 16th, 2009 at 12:00 pm | # |

    Vb, Hazel, and Anoymous
    Thank you for your comments. I just found your comments. My website is working now but for some reason I did not find your comments until this morning.

    yeah try it out. : ) avocado plus soy sauce!

    of course you can use brown sugar. Brown sugar is better because the color will make the dish look more tasty, but if you don’t have brown sugar, white sugar will be ok, too. And also using button mushrooms will be ok, too. Some people use shiitake mushrooms, too.
    I would like to try a different way of eating avocado. Thank you for the tip.

  17. Anonymous
    Posted January 15th, 2009 at 9:14 pm | # |

    i think ur such a great cook and i’ve learned many dishes from your website, the instructions are so super clear and it shows that you are a wonderful wonderful person sharing your recipes with us. I thank you on behalf of all your fans!!

  18. Nathan
    Posted January 15th, 2009 at 4:10 pm | # |

    Interesting way of cooking avocado.

    In Latin countries avocado is usually just sliced and served with freshly squeezed lime juice and salt as a salad, in Cuban cooking sometimes served over thinly sliced tomatoes and topped with thinly sliced onions cut into rounds with lime and salt, some like to add a drizzle of olive oil to.

    My Filipino friend thinks how we eat it is weird because in Philipinnes Avocado is eaten as a fruit as if it was “sweet” they like to make shakes with milk, avocado, and sugar, it tastes good like that to. I also had an avocado shake at a Vietnamese Pho shop.

    Anyways thanks for always posting wonderful videos. I think I am gonna make “Tangsuyuk” this weekend :) but I have a question if I don’t have “raw sugar” can I use dark brown sugar or white sugar (it’s what I have in the pantry) which would be the better alternative? I also forgot to buy woodear mushrooms so I have fresh “button mushrooms” it that okay to?

  19. Hazel
    Posted January 15th, 2009 at 2:01 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!!! This looks very very good! I live near many asian markets but I haven’t seen gingko nuts! And, I love the soy sauce in avocado! I’ll try that soon! Thanks again for the recipe!

  20. vb
    Posted January 15th, 2009 at 1:30 am | # |

    I never realised one can eat fresh/raw avocado with soya sauce! What a good idea!!!

  21. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 11:18 pm | # |

    I know I’m encountering some issues with my website. I keep talking to my hosting server, but it seems to take time. I see my avocado video through firefox browser, but for some reason my avocado video recipes doesn’t show through internet explorer. It’s frustrating.
    I hope it is fixed as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your concern and help.

  22. Anonymous
    Posted January 9th, 2009 at 11:09 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi,

    I am a big fan but just wanted to write this message to let you know that it is difficult to view this video as it does not come up as the newest one on the main page of your website (in fact, I had to put avocados into the search to get this page). Anyway, I only say this to make sure all of your fans can watch your newest video!!!

    Thank you for all that you do!!!

  23. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 1:04 pm | # |

    very good! Thank you very much!

    • Jtaimepain
      Posted June 17th, 2009 at 3:15 am | # |

      Your Dressing is excellent. You are my fashion icon!! excellent.

  24. Nishu
    Posted January 8th, 2009 at 12:07 pm | # |

    oh wow good maangchi i had avocado on my fridge i just take made batter and wow even my 5 yeras old sister loved it she loves Korean ppl and korean food
    and she is saying anyong haseyo to you!!

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