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Chijimi: Korean Vegetable Pancakes

Posted in main dish, Recipe, today's meal by Kanako Noda on October 17, 2009

chijimi

Wait, what on earth is Chijimi doing in a Japanese food blog!? Everybody knows chijimi are Korean pancakes! True enough, though it turns out, they don’t even call them “chijimi” in (most of) Korea. At least the name is ours.

I would argue that, while Chijimi is admittedly not from Japan, it is Japanese by now. It’s so popular, so common, so often made, it’s impossible for me to think of it as “foreign” – in the same way that nobody having a taco in California feels he’s eating “foreign” food.

Don’t let the word “pancake” throw you, by the way: Chijimi is a savory dish you can eat for lunch or dinner, not at all breakfast or desert food. Chijimi are glossed as “pancakes” simply because they are flat, more or less round and made with batter, even though you only really use the batter to hold the vegetables together.

What makes Chijimi really special is Niraニラ in Japanese, 부추 in Korean, 韭菜 in Chinese.

You may want to print out the characters for when you go shopping, as this vegetable can be confusing to locate in the west. It’s sold under a wide variety of names, including “Chinese leek”, “garlic chives” and “Chinese chives”. Nira is basically a type of grass. It looks like chives, but it has a very distinctive, deep, slightly spicy flavor that makes chijimi taste like chijimi.

In Montreal, you can always find the Nira in Épicerie Coréene et Japonaise on Ste. Catherine. Elsewhere, look for for places where Koreans shop – or go poke around Chinatown. And note that, while chijimi isn’t hard to make, it does take a little planning because you need to make the batter a few hours ahead of time.

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Chilled Noodles                   Marinated Fried Vegetables       Noddles with Salad             Simmered Mackerel

Shrimp-Lettuce Stir-fry         Braised Saury Fillets              Lotus Root Dumplings            Azuki pound cake


Inari Sushi                                 Seasoned Okra                        Pickled Turnips                      Tofu Salad


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Potato Salad                            Ginger flavored stir-fry          Garlic-sprout stir fry              Miso soup with tofu


Simple hot pot                          Vegetable tempura                  Bean sprout stir-fry                 Rice balls


Taro nimono

Stuffed peppers                          Boiled taro roots                   Green onion miso salad       Grilled Pacific Saury


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Classic spring rolls                 Potato pancakes                   Chicken vegetable fritters      Seasoned spinach


Oyakodon Japanese Curry Furofuki daikon and negi miso Chicory itame

Chicken and egg on rice              Japanese Curry               Garnished Daikon Radish     Chickory rice topping


Yaki-udon Konnyaku itame Goma-ae Kuri-gohan

Stir-fried udon noodles        Konyaku scrambled eggs       Dainty vegetable salad        Rice with chestnuts


Gyoza agedashi tofu Umani Tsukimi udon

Gyoza Potstickers                  Fried tofu with sauce              Boiled mixed vegetables      Udon soup with egg


sunomono Gyuniku itame zousui gohan

Vinegar based salad                  Beef stir fry                         Rice porridge with shrimp        Basic white rice


yakiimo Osuimono Daikon nimono Chijimi

Roasted sweet potato            Clear broth with fish             Boiled daikon with pork          Korean pancakes


tonkatsu Miso soup with pumpkin Ohitashi Tempura

Japanese cutlet                      Miso soup with pumpkin        Seasoned spinach                  Tempura


Goya Champuru Kenchin-jiru

Braised Burdock Root           Bitter Melon stir-fry             Boiled tofu with vegetbles     Savoury Rice

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Posted in by Kanako Noda on November 7, 2008

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Simmered Squash                  Sushi rice with vegetables

Chilled Udon Noodles          Sea Kelp Rice Topping                    Gobou fries                 Minced Chicken over Rice

Grilled Aubergine                 Mock Pork Roast with Tea       Seasoned Rapini                  Ginger-flavored rice

Chilled Noodles                   Marinated Fried Vegetables       Chilled Noodle Salad             Simmered Mackerel

Shrimp-Lettuce Stir-fry         Braised Saury Fillets              Lotus Root Dumplings            Azuki pound cake


Inari Sushi                                 Seasoned Okra                        Pickled Turnips                      Tofu Salad


Cabbage Pancakes                      Raw tuna on rice              Salmon roe with daikon            Fried Mackerel


Potato Salad                            Ginger flavored stir-fry          Garlic-sprout stir fry              Miso soup with tofu


Simple hot pot                          Vegetable tempura                  Bean sprout stir-fry                 Rice balls


Taro nimono

Stuffed peppers                          Boiled taro roots                   Green onion miso salad       Grilled Pacific Saury


Hijiki itame Osuimono II Shiso gohan Butajiru

Hijiki Seaweed Stew                Clear egg-drop broth            Rice with shiso leaves           Miso soup with pork


spring roll Jagaimo mochi Sasami roll katsu spinach namul

Classic spring rolls                 Potato pancakes                   Chicken vegetable fritters      Seasoned spinach


Oyakodon Japanese Curry Furofuki daikon and negi miso Chicory itame

Chicken and egg on rice              Japanese Curry               Garnished Daikon Radish     Chickory rice topping


Yaki-udon Konnyaku itame Goma-ae Kuri-gohan

Stir-fried udon noodles        Konyaku scrambled eggs       Dainty vegetable salad        Rice with chestnuts


Gyoza agedashi tofu Umani Tsukimi udon

Gyoza Potstickers                  Fried tofu with sauce              Boiled mixed vegetables      Udon soup with egg


sunomono Gyuniku itame zousui gohan

Vinegar based salad                  Beef stir fry                         Rice porridge with shrimp        Basic white rice


yakiimo Osuimono Daikon nimono Chijimi

Roasted sweet potato            Clear broth with fish             Boiled daikon with pork          Korean pancakes


tonkatsu Miso soup with pumpkin Ohitashi Tempura

Japanese cutlet                      Miso soup with pumpkin        Seasoned spinach                  Tempura


Goya Champuru Kenchin-jiru

Braised Burdock Root           Bitter Melon stir-fry             Boiled tofu with vegetbles     Savoury Rice

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