- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ cup chopped onions
- ½ cup chopped carrots
- ½ cup chopped squash
- ½ cup chopped chives
- 3 eggs
- Korean pancake mix (or just plain old flour)
- 1 TB minced garlic, 1 TB sesame oil, 1 TB gook ganjang, ¾ TB salt, ¼ TB pepper, ¼ TB ginger powder
First get your beef and vegetables ready. Don't feel limited to using these EXACT vegetables...use what you have! I've used mushrooms, green onions, and a lot of other stuff too before and it tastes fine.
I used a mandolin to shred my vegetables, then I just took a knife to roughly cut it up into small bits. It makes the job a lot easier if you have a mandolin on hand.
After the vegetables are chopped and ready season it with 1 TB minced garlic, 1 TB sesame oil, 1 TB gook ganjang, ¾ TB salt, ¼ TB pepper, ¼ TB ginger powder and mix it up well using your hands.
Add about 1 pound of beef and mix it well again using your hands.
Get some flour or Korean pancake mix ready in a large bowl and scoop up 1 TB of the meat mixture at a time and using your hands try to form them into small, flat little patties.
Coat them thoroughly in the pancake mix and set aside. I actually had to do this in two separate batches because I ended up with a lot of beef cakes. And YES, this gets very messy...which is why I only make these a few times a year.
In another bowl, crack 3 whole eggs and mix it up really well. Dip each piece of coated beef cake into the egg mixture and then fry it on a frying pan. I found that using a spoon makes transferring the beef cakes a lot easier without breaking them apart.
Make sure you use enough oil to cover the whole pan and then some. Let the beef cake fry on each side for at least 2 minutes. Each time you do another batch, clean off the frying pan with a wet paper towel and start off with fresh oil.
Transfer however much you want to serve over to a plate...
...and then I like to squeeze ketchup on top of each one.
It's all done and ready to be enjoyed! I stored the rest of the beef cakes into a storage container. I'm going to freeze some of them and then defrost them in the upcoming weeks to use as Munchkin's lunch. =)