Mung bean pancakes

Bindaetteok 빈대떡

Korean mung bean pancakes, called bindaetteok, are a delicious, savory, irresistible meal in themselves. Packed with ingredients: ground mung beans, rice, kimchi, pork, vegetables, egg, and full of seasonings, they are hearty and unforgettable. I make the pancakes in big batches and keep the leftovers in the freezer, wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and then putting the wrapped pancakes into a zipper-lock bag. Whenever I want one or two as a quick meal, I thaw them out and pan fry them with a few drops of vegetable oil.

Korean pancakes are an essential part of Korean cuisine, and I knew that when I wrote Real Korean Cooking I needed a whole chapter devoted to them. Between my book and my website I’ve still barely begun to post all the recipes for the many varieties of Korean pancakes!

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When I was in university, me and my friends used to go to the bindaetteok place and have a pancake with makgeolli. Those two really go well together! And both are pretty filling, so in the course of eating and drinking together we consumed a complete, well-rounded meal.

This recipe is the same one in my cookbook, and the same one I’ve been using for years and years. I learned it from my friend whose parents-in-law were born in North Korea and taught her their local version of this dish. Complete credit for this goes to my friend in Korea who first showed it to me. As her parents-in-law shared it with her, I share it with you.

The fernbrake (gosari) is traditionally foraged in the wild, but can be found these days in most Korean supermarkets. It can take some some effort to find but really adds an earthy dimension to this dish that makes it unique. But if you can’t find it, skip it.

Enjoy the recipe!
Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)

Ingredients (Makes 6 pancakes)

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Directions

  1. Combine the skinned mung beans and sweet rice in a large bowl, rinse and drain in cold water a couple of times. Cover with water, and soak overnight (8 hours). Drain. You should have about 2¾ cups of beans and rice.making Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)
  2. Combine the soy sauce and vinegar in a small bowl to make the dipping sauce. Set aside.
  3. Combine the bean and rice mixture and ¾ cup water in the workbowl of a food processor and grind until it’s creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Transfer to a large bowl.making Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)making Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)
  4. Add kimchi, green onion, garlic, gosari, mung bean sprouts, pork, egg, kosher salt, ground black pepper, and toasted sesame oil. Mix well.making Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)
  5. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add about 1 cup of batter. Spread with the back of a spoon to make a nice 6-inch round pancake. Cook until the bottom turns light golden brown and crunchy, 2 to 3 minutes. Making Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)
  7. Turn it over and cook until the second side turns light golden brown, another 2 minutes. Turn it over once more and cook another 2 minutes on the first side. Add more vegetable oil to the pan if needed.
  8. Transfer the pancake to a large plate. Garnish with silgochu (if used). Repeat with the remaining batter.
  9. Serve immediately with the dipping sauce on the side.

Bindaetteok (mung bean pancakes: 빈대떡)

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52 Comments:

  1. John in Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana joined 12/16 & has 40 comments

    OMG I made this last night and I couldn’t believe how delicious it was… so fresh tasting! And very healthy. I doubled the recipe. My only advice? Maybe have 3 skillets working at the same time cause it’s time consuming doing 1 at a time LOL (especially when you make a double recipe)! Thanks for another awesome recipe, Maangchi! I know that I’ll be making this many times again in the future… so good.

  2. Angelus United Kingdom joined 10/16 & has 1 comment

    I’m making thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and am going to be making these for sure. None of the Korean grocery stores had any gosari though, so I think I’m going to substitute mushrooms instead :(

  3. Cutemom Indonesia joined 3/13 & has 82 comments

    Hi, Maangchi!
    I finally made this dish yesterday as part of my prep day. It was so good even though i could’ve pan fried it longer to make it more crispy and golden color but the most important thing was the taste. OMG it was so great i couldn’t understand why i put off making it. I posted a pic of it on my instagram @cemilan_enak.

    Thanks so much for the awesome recipes

  4. Jkim18 New York joined 8/16 & has 4 comments

    Hi maangchi! I would love to know directions for pressure cooking the gosari! I have an electric pressure cooker (instant pot) I bought not too long ago and would love to know how long to cook the gosari in there. Thank you! Love all your recipes :)

  5. Ivyshe Malaysia joined 6/16 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    Thanks for the great recipe ! May I know your recipe for its dipping sauce ? :)

  6. Cutemom Indonesia joined 3/13 & has 82 comments

    Hi Maangchi!
    Is it possible to use over fermented kimchi in this recipe? I mean kimchi that’s too sour to eat. Apparently I found some in the back of my fridge as I was cleaning it out.

    thanks,

    Ima

  7. ryotan22 Honolulu Hawaii joined 1/16 & has 1 comment

    I love your recipes and I have been wondering as these are traditional how was this done without the food proccesser?

  8. I asked the asian grocery close to my home to order gosari! I am so excited! I can’t wait to try those mung bean pancakes! Thanks to you and your great recipe I make doenjang jjigae and kimchi soondubu at least twice a week! My boyfriend is a happy man and he really likes to try the korean food I make (Bossam, Japchae, Kimchi, Kimchi-jeon, gajinamu, etc etc)!! :D
    ps: Mr. Dried Anchovy is now my new bestfriend!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

      haha, you are so passionate about cooking, plus you are so funny! You have a nice boyfriend and non-human best friends at home. It’s great you are trying not to skip any important ingredient to make perfect bindaetteok. Good luck with your Korean cooking!

  9. I have loved Korean food since I was a little girl! My best friend growing up was Korean and I would always help her and her mother cook. I started watching your videos and was so happy to be able to learn how to make the food I had growing up. I made these mung bean pancakes tonight and it made me so happy!!!! Thank you so much for all of these amazing recipes; now I need to buy your cookbook!


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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

      Thank you for sharing the touching story about your Korean friend and her mom. You never forgot about the beautiful cooking experience at your friend’s house. The bindaetteok you made looks absolutely delicious and beautiful! Do you still keep in touch with them?

  10. Fen joined 11/15 & has 4 comments

    Made my Mung bean pancake today, as I do not have kimchi, sweet rice and fernbrake, I add in lots of water dropwort, it taste nice, I can’t stop eating during cooking, I will make again when I made my own kimchi.
    My pancake breaks away during frying, I had to coat a thin layer of flour to make it stick together… :(
    Anyway, love your video, hope to see more cooking! Thank you!


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  11. SoYoung Malaysia joined 12/12 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi, thanks for the recipe.
    Made it for today breakfast. I opted mushroom for gosari as per your advise. In here, it quite impossible to find gosari.
    However, the taste is great. I love it.


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  12. Joanna Wong Singapore joined 7/14 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    Thank you so much for your recipes. I made the mung bean pancake tonight and it is simply delicious!!! This pancake is different from your other pancake videos because you made it from mung bean which is a healthier version.

    The first video that I learned from you was the “vegetable pancake”, it was so delicious that I started to learn Korean food from you. I had even made my own kimchi from your video. My family and many of my colleagues love to taste your recipes!:-).


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  13. Joanna Wong Singapore joined 7/14 & has 3 comments

    Dear Maangchi,

    I couldn’t find Gosari seaweed at our Korean grocery stores in Singapore. Can I use other seaweed instead?

  14. Hi Maangchi!
    Thank you so much for all of your delicious recipes! I made these Mung Bean Pancakes last night and they were absolutely delicious! I wish I had remembered to take pictures before I put the leftovers in the freezer. :) The only ingredient I omitted was the fernbrake because the smell was too strong for me while it was in the pressure cooker.

    My family is from Lebanon and also the Dominican Republic and we all love to test and taste your recipes! Thank you for making them so fun and easy to follow! I look forward to each of your new recipes! ♥

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,049 comments

      Yes, I agree, the smell of boiling gosari is not that fancy! : ) But I never skip it, because it adds a unique texture to bindaetteok. It’s an acquired taste.

      I’m so impressed by your family and their openness to different cuisines!

  15. Lynnjamin New York joined 11/14 & has 31 comments

    Thank you for providing the solution to my menu problem. Today I found out my friends are coming from California to visit NYC in two weeks. They are renting a place with a kitchen so, as they told me, “You can come cook all sorts of neat things for us”. So now I know the perfect “neat thing” to cook for them! I sure hope we bump into you while we are shopping for ingredients!

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