When most people consider Korean food, they think bulgogi (marinated and grilled strips of beef) or bibimbap (a rice bowl served with an egg). Me? I obsess over the seafood pancake. This savory dish is often ordered as a snack but I could easily eat it as an entrée. And now that Westminster’s Dae Gee opened an outpost on Colorado Boulevard, that green onion-flecked appetizer is just a few blocks away.

The pancake–which reminds me of Japan’s okonomiyaki and Vietnam’s sweet rice-flour cupcakes—is made with glutinous flour and eggs. The result is a chewy, crepe-like round with crispy edges. The caramelized exterior gives way to an assortment of seafood (often shrimp, clams, and oysters) and tender scallions. Pull off a bite with chopsticks and dip it into the accompanying soy-vinegar sauce. I’m willing to bet you’ll be equally captivated by the bold juxtapositions that define Korean cuisine: chewy, soft, crispy with sweet, savory, and salty.

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Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.