This is a very delicious chijimi (Korean pancake) recipe I learned from a Korean person. Crunchy on the outside! Creamy on the inside; the sweetness from the veggies is so yummy. You can easily make the spicy dipping sauce with ponzu sauce, which goes super well with chijimi!
Mix the batter ingredients marked ◆ and let rest for 3 hours to half a day if possible. Cut the chives into 3 cm length, thinly slice the leek diagonally, and julienne the carrot. Add all the cut veggies and white sesame seeds into the batter. Cut the squid and shrimp into small pieces.
Heat a large amount of oil (vegetable or sesame oil, whichever you like) in a frying pan and thinly spread out 1/4 of the batter. Top with 1/4 amount of squid and shrimp and cook until brown. Flip it over and cook the other side. Take it out onto a cutting board, cut into 5 cm squares and it's done.
Let's make the dipping sauce. Mix 5 tablespoons of ponzu sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil, and finely chopped chives and green onions (about 1 to 2 pieces each) and it's done.
Story Behind this Recipe
I had an opportunity to learn how to make chijimi from a Korean person and was surprised at how tasty it was. I made it into an easy-to-make amount and created this recipe. I also changed it up a bit to make the dipping sauce easily with ponzu sauce and it actually turned out to be even tastier.
◆ The batter will taste good even without letting it rest, but it'll be even better if you let it rest. ◆ If you use a large amount of oil to cook, it'll become crispy. ◆ It's convenient to use a seafood mix for squid and shrimp. ◆ I use ponzu sauce for this dipping sauce, but it can be substituted with 3.5 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1.5 tablespoon of rice vinegar. But it will taste better with ponzu sauce if you have it. ◆ It's also delicious to add kimchi, ground meat, chikuwa, various veggies, etc. into the ingredients.