Korean Scallion and Kimchi Latkes

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Korean Kimchi Latkes

There’s a world of latkes out there and for these, we’re going west to Korea, where spicy kimchi is the star of these fried delights.

Kimchi is a spicy and savory Korean fermented cabbage that’s used as a condiment on almost any dish. And like pickles or sauerkraut, it needs time to ferment to totally bring out the flavors. So if making it homemade, plan at least 1 week in advance. Homemade kimchi can be stored, covered in your refrigerator, for up to 1 month, frozen for 3 months, or canned for up to 1 year.

To save time, use store-bought kosher kimchi in this latke recipe.

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  • About 8 latkesServings

Ingredients

Homemade Kimchi

  • 1 large head napa cabbage (about 1 pound), cored and separated into individual leaves
  • 1 small daikon radish (about 4 ounces), sliced into thick coins
  • 8 scallions, greens roughly chopped, whites reserved separately
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • ¼ cup ground ancho chile powder
  • ¼ cup crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons white or red miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Kimchi and Scallion Latkes

  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought kimchi, drained and chopped
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup matzo meal or panko bread crumbs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • Garnish: kimchi

Preparation

Homemade Kimchi:

1. Place cabbage leaves, daikon, and scallion greens in a large bowl; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons kosher salt. Toss to combine, cover, then set at room temperature for at least 1 hour up to 12 hours. It should release about ¼ to ½ cup liquid.

2. Combine scallion whites, garlic, ginger, chile powders, miso paste, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process for 30 seconds, scraping down sides as necessary, until rough paste is formed.

3. Once cabbage is wilted, add chile mixture and toss to coat. Add 1 cup water to mixture. Taste the liquid; it should have the saltiness of seawater. Add more salt as necessary. Pack kimchi and it’s liquid into resealable bags or mason jars, pressing down firmly to pack tightly—any trapped air will interfere with it fermenting. Use a chopstick to push down the kimchi and release any air bubbles trapped in the bottom of the jar. 

4. Tightly seal bags or jars and set at cool room temperature for 24 hours, then transfer to the refrigerator. Allow to ferment at least 1 week before eating.

5. Kimchi will last for up to 1 month after opening and can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

Kimchi and Scallion Latkes:

1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, combine kimchi, scallions, eggs, matzo meal or bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Form the mixture into cakes.

3. Add sesame oil to a large non-stick sauté pan, and place over medium-high heat.

4. Fry cakes, a few at a time, for 4 minutes per side, until golden brown on both sides. Transfer browned latkes to prepared baking sheet, and place in 200°F oven to keep warm while you fry the remaining latkes.

5. Remove latkes when finished frying and serve immediately garnished with kimchi.