Nokdu Bindaetteok (Mung Bean Pancakes with Dipping Sauce)
Nokdu Bindaetteok (Korean Mung Bean Pancakes) is my maternal grandmother’s specialty. Nokdu Bindaetteok, which directly translates to Mung Bean Pancake, is usually made with sliced pork, kimchi, sukju namul (mung bean sprouts), and sometimes gosari namul (bracken fern shoots). But I’m omitting the pork for this Nokdu Bindaetteok/Mung Bean Pancake recipe, making this dish vegan. And for the base of the batter? Simply, soaked mung beans and rice. Flour-free. Gluten-free. Dairy-free. Just delicious goodness.
Keep in mind; when you dine at a restaurant, mung bean pancakes are not necessarily gluten-free unless specifically stated. Restaurants can add different types of flour to the batter – not a good thing. Additionally, dipping sauces can contain gluten. So always ask. Don’t assume.
Nokdu Bindaetteok (Korean Mung Bean Pancakes with dipping sauce)
Makes about 24 – 4″ pancakes
2 cups Nokdu (dried mung beans)
½ cup Brown Sweet Rice
6 oz. Sukju Namul (mung bean sprouts)
1 cup Cabbage Kimchi
½ tsp Salt + 1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
½-¾ cup Water (longer you soak the mung beans, less water you will need)
Dipping Sauce: Recipe Follows Directly Below
Note: Try to get peeled dried mung beans. Peeled mung beans are yellow in color. They are generally available in Korean markets and some Whole Foods Markets. I used green mung beans with skin still intact. Taking the skin off is a tedious task. Save yourself the trouble. If possible, get the already peeled beans.
- Wash and soak nokdu (mung beans) and brown sweet rice in water until they soften, about 8-10+ hours. Rinse the beans and rice, and change the water a few times. If you are using green mung beans with skin still intact, soak the mung beans and rice separately; this will make it easier to remove the skin. Rub the beans together to remove the skin. Once the mung beans have softened, the beans should easily pop out of the skin; and the skin should float to the top. Discard the skin. Drain.
- Parboil sukju namul (mung bean sprouts). 2-3 minutes should suffice. Rinse the parboiled mung bean sprouts with cold water and drain. Once drained, squeeze out excess water from the mung bean sprouts using your hands. Discard excess water you’ve squeezed out. Add ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp sesame seed to the mung bean sprouts. Mix well. Set aside.
- Chop cabbage kimchi. Add chopped kimchi to the seasoned mung bean sprouts. Mix. Set aside.
- Process the drained beans and rice in a blender with ½-¾ cup water. The batter should not be smooth; it should be coarse in texture. Add 1 tsp salt. Fold in kimchi and sukju namul mixture. Mix Gently.
- Heat a pan on medium heat. Add oil to pan. Swirl to coat the pan. Add 3-4 TBs (about ¼ cup) of batter to make 4-inch pancakes. Flip when golden brown on bottom. Heat for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. Serve immediately with soy-scallion dipping sauce.
Soy-Scallion Dipping sauce
¼ cup Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1 TB Rice Vinegar
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
¼ tsp Gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes)
1 Scallion, green part only cut into rounds
1 tsp Agave Nectar or Honey: Optional