These Korean mini meat patties are egg-battered and pan-fried. They’re properly mushy, moist, and scrumptious!
What’s wanja jeon?
On conventional holidays comparable to Chuseok (mid-autumn pageant) and Seollal (New Yr’s Day), most Korean houses make a number of sorts of jeon (전) dishes (pan-fried battered meals) for his or her vacation feast. Wanja-jeon (완자전) is among the many fashionable decisions. It’s additionally known as gogi-jeon (고기전).
Meatballs are known as gogi wanja (고기완자) in Korean and utilized in many conventional dishes comparable to soups or sizzling pots. When they’re egg-battered and pan-fried, they’re known as wanja-jeon. To make jeon, the meatballs are gently pressed into mini patties.
As a baby rising up in Korea, I liked these little egg-battered meatballs. We known as them by their humorous nickname – dong-geu-rang-ddeng (동그랑떙), which means “a spherical factor”. I do know it’s laborious to pronounce, however it’s a type of phrases that makes you smile when stated or heard. They have been a favourite for packing within the college lunch containers. Meat was a luxurious in Korea again then, so it was all the time a particular deal with to have a couple of of those meatballs with a meal.
Get pleasure from it in your vacation desk or just as an appetizer or facet dish with any Korean meal. They’re additionally scrumptious merely with a bowl of rice and kimchi.
- floor beef and pork or use all beef or all pork
- minced garlic
- sesame oil
- salt and pepper to style
- oil for pan-frying
Mushrooms are additionally nice in these meat patties.
To attain a easy texture, take additional time to finely chop the greens and blend all of the substances very effectively by hand. You should use a mini chopper if obtainable.
Make about 1-inch meatballs by rolling the meat combination between your palms. Then gently press to flatten. When able to fry up, dredge in flour and dip within the egg wash earlier than including to the preheated pan for pan-frying.
The meat patties may be ready forward of time and pan-fried on the day of serving.
The meat combination on this recipe can be used to make sorts of stuffed jeon comparable to kkaennip jeon. You may as well stuff different greens comparable to chili peppers, zucchinis, and mushrooms.
This recipe was initially posted in Sept 2014. It’s been up to date right here with new pictures and minor enhancements to the recipe.