Hobak Jun or Fried Zukes

by Amy Kim on August 25, 2010 · 11 comments

Jun (or jeon) is a typical Korean side dish and is quick and easy to make. The best thing about this dish is that my two toddlers love it…miracles of all miracles. I prefer the smaller zucchinis since they seem to have more flavor than the larger varieties and the small slices just seem right for toddler hands.

Hobak Jun

2 small zucchinis (or 1 medium), sliced cross-wise at 1/8-inch thick
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
vegetable oil

Spread the zucchini slices on a platter lined with paper towels. Salt the slices to help draw out  the moisture from the zucchini. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or when the slices are pliable and limp. I left mine out for about an hour. Pat the slices.

In a shallow bowl or platter, add flour and season with salt and pepper and blend. Your eggs should be ready in a separate bowl.

Heat a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Dredge the zucchini in the flour (should only be a light, even coating) and dip into the eggs until fully coated. Then fry for a few minutes on one side or until the edges look cooked and flip to finish cooking for another few minutes.

My kids love it with ketchup (they love anything with ketchup). Or you can make a simple dip of soy sauce and white vinegar (3:1-ish ratio). Or you can just eat it plain.

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  • http://www.foodiehouse.blogspot.com Lauren Zabaneh

    Hey girl! I was cracking up over your “babysitter” Dora. I am one of THOSE moms too! Sprout channel is my way of getting a shower, shoving a sandwich down my throat or going the the bathroom ALONE. Ah yes, love the ol’ t.v. I wonder how the moms did it in the old days, like pioneer women. They probably had a flask hidden somewhere in those giant skirts.

    So! the zucchini looks awesome! My mom used to make for me the same thing. I think we ate it with a horseradish and mayo sauce. Kinda cleans out the sinuses. I haven’t had fried zucchini in years. I’ll have to do that soon. My toddlers would love it too. Cheers!

    • Amy

      YES! Why else would those skirts be so poufy!

      Hmmm…horseradish and mayo sounds great! I’ll have to try that next time.

  • http://gigabiting.com/ Gigabiting

    Perfect for August with all those overgrown zucchinis in the garden.

  • http://www.theredspoonblog.com Meg (The Red Spoon)

    Yum! They almost look like fried pickles, but I’m sure they taste much better!

    • Amy

      oh yeah, definitely different from fried pickles! but i do LOVE fried pickles!

  • http://www.koreanamericanmommy.blogspot.com/ Lisa~Korean American Mommy

    I love hobak jun! And I agree the smaller ones are tastier.

  • http://www.lawyerloveslunch.com Lawyer Loves Lunch

    I know I’m going to get in trouble for saying this but yay for fried veggies! I mean I’m not really a fan of zucchini generally but deep fry that baby and I am ALL over it! I also laughed when you mentioned ketchup. The hubster insists on slathering all my culinary masterpieces in ketchup. I should be offended :)

  • Soyon

    Found you through Steamy Kitchen… your hobak jun looks so much prettier than mine! Hm… must work on mine to get that golden crispy color. You probably know this b/c it looks like you cook Korean more than I do, but you know there’s a new HMart in Edison? The fish section is to die for. Anyway, cute site. I’m in NJ, too… :)

    • AMY

      Thanks for visiting! I’m trying to cook more Korean food! The kids seem to like it most of the time. I will have to check out the new HMart…Edison seems to be less of pain to get to than going up north!

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