When a foreign exchange student comes to visit, one thing they do is go by an Americanized version of their name. This past year I had an AMAZING girl who went by Katie; she was quiet but always smiling, had a great sense of humor, and was an incredible artist. It wasn't until the end of the year that we got any personal info out of Katie, and come to find out she was only a 10th grader who was graduating this year.Another thing she told us was her real name, Eun-Ji. That's so much more original than Katie...so we got to call her this for the last week of school.
One day we asked Eun-Ji what her favorite Korean food was and she had a hard time explaining to us what Korean Pancakes were, so the next time she went to the Korean market, she brought some back for the class. She wasn't too pleased with the authenticity of them, so at our end-of-the-year party she made some from scratch and let me tell you...
They were to DIE for! So I thought I'd share this little recipe, in her own words, all the way from the bottom of Eun-Ji's heart.
Sweet Korean Pancakes
Glutinous Rice Flour- 60g (from the Korean market)
Yeast- 1/2 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Warm water- 1/2 cup
Green Tea Powder - 1 teaspoon
For the sauce:
Brown Sugar- 3 teaspoons
Cinnamon- 1/2 teaspoon
Chopped walnut and peanut
Soak yeast in bowl with the warm water for about 5 minutes. Add flour and glutinous rice flour. Add warm water if needed and mix so it is thick. Cover bowl and let ferment for 30-60 minutes. In a separate bowl mix sugar, cinnamon, and nuts for the sauce; set aside.
In your hands, widen the dough with your hands and put a spoonful of sauce on it. Seal the dough. Repeat it for the rest of the dough, making sure there are no holes for the sauce to escape. Fry in oil on low heat, turning like a regular pancake.Also visit this site for more explanation.
I mentioned that Eun-Ji is a great artist, well check out this, one of her last projects: it's a little picture book of a group of little sheep who get creative in how to escape the clutches of imminent danger....all those wolves had to eat was a measley sunflower as the herd spent the night stargazing. Thanks, Katie! Miss you!
Also, be sure to check our student blog, the Drying Rack, for more amazing art from my class. We're building it slowly, but the art is sure to impress.
And let me know if any of you try this!