Hello everybody! Let’s feel and enjoy this beautiful spring together! Where’s the best place to enjoy the changing of the weather and the coming of the new season?

For me, it’s my local farmer’s market. Last weekend, I stopped by the Union Square Farmer’s Market in New York City and found all kinds of beautiful, cute, and colorful early spring vegetables. Many of the local farmers were selling ramps, which are soft and tender only in the early spring. In Korea we call it sanmaneul, where “san” means mountain and “maneul” is garlic. Koreans enjoy it as a delicious seasonal mountain garlic that’s best when it’s young and soft.



  • 1 ounces (about 25 grams) ramps, rinsed and pat-dried
  • ½ cup broccoli flowers or edible flowers (optional)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • vegetable oil

For the pickle sauce (optional but recommended!):

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup worth onion, cut into small chunks
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


Make the pickle sauce:

  1. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, sugar in a small bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add onion, pepper, and sesame seeds and mix altogether. Set aside.ramp-pancake_dipping-sauce

Make the pancakes:

  1. Combine flour, chicken broth, and salt in a bowl. Mix it well until there are no lumps.ramp pancake (sanmaneuljeon: 산마늘전)
  2. Heat up a pan over medium high heat. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons vegetable oil into the pan and and swirl it around to spread. Lower the heat to medium.
  3. Pour 2/3 of the batter into the pan and spread it to a large, thin 12 inch pancake.
  4. Lay the ramps on the batter one by one.ramp pancake (sanmaneuljeon: 산마늘전)
  5. Drizzle the leftover third of the batter over the ramps. Add broccoli flowers over top. Let it cook for a few minutes until the bottom turns crispy. You should be able to hear a crispy sound when you shake the pan. Flip it over or turn it over with a spatula.ramp pancake (sanmaneuljeon: 산마늘전)ramp-pancakesramp pancake (sanmaneuljeon: 산마늘전)
  6. Add more vegetable oil on the edge of the pan. Lift the pancake so that the oil reaches the center of the pancake. Press it down with the spatula and let it cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until crispy.
  7. Transfer to a large plate and serve hot with the pickle sauce.

ramp pancake (sanmaneuljeon: 산마늘전)ramp pancake (sanmaneuljeon: 산마늘전)

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  1. Tobyrm New York city joined 4/17 & has 3 comments

    This recipe made my afternoon! Had to get some ramps at the farmers market but wasn’t sure what to do with them at the time! This recipe saved the day! I think I might try making a potato pancake with the ramps next time. I sure would love to see a ramp kimchi recipe though!

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  2. Raluca Romania joined 5/16 & has 2 comments

    I absolutely adore ramps and have at least ten favourite ramps recipes on rotation for the spring. This year I’ve added the ramps pancake and it jumped straight to my top 3! It’s light and crispy, makes for a substantial and quick meal and, with the flowers, it’s an impressive and creative dish to share with friends. Do not skimp on the chicken broth, it really lifts up the flavours!

    Thank you Maangchi!

  3. asepsaepulloh41 Indonesia joined 6/14 & has 1 comment

    thankyou good all recipes

  4. Zulumom Concord, CA joined 9/13 & has 35 comments

    Mmm…love this recipe!!! The sauce is amazing~! I made it this morning using the fresh Arugula as I didn’t have any ramps. Thanks for sharing another great recipe! xoxo

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