Savory Pancake


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Servings: 2
  • 10 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 5 -6 shrimp
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 medium head green cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green onion, including tender green top, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil or 4 tablespoons other neutral oil
  • 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise, for serving
  • 1 cup bonito flakes (katsuobushi)
  • 1 cup powdered seaweed (aonori)
  • Place the bacon in a single layer between 2 layers of paper towels and microwave on high for 3 minutes until cooked through but not crispy, or cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat, turning as needed, 4–5 minutes. Cut each slice into several pieces. Boil the shrimp until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Drain, peel, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  • In a large bowl, using a fork or chopsticks, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon water. Beat in the eggs until well mixed. Stir in the cabbage, green onion, bacon, and shrimp.
  • Heat a 10-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until hot, add 2 tablespoons of the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, use a ladle to pour half the batter into the pan to create a large pancake. Cook, without disturbing, until just browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. When the pancake can slide easily on the pan (don’t be tempted to flip it before it has set!), use a spatula to carefully flip it and cook it on the second side until lightly browned, 4–5 minutes longer. Transfer the pancake to a plate and repeat with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and batter to make one more.
  • Meanwhile, place the sauce, mayonnaise, aonori, and katsuobushi in small separate bowls on the table. To serve, drizzle on the sauce and mayonnaise, and then top with aonori and katsuobushi. If the sauce is properly hot, the katsuobushi will seem to dance.

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