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Recipe for Korean Tofu and Meat Patties (Wanja Jun)

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Korean Beef and Tofu Patties (Wanja Jun)
Naomi Imatome
Wanja Jun belong to the Korean group of food called jun-ya, or any vegetables, meat, or seafood that are covered in flour and egg and then pan-fried. These Korean mini "hamburger" patties have many names in both Korean and English- you can call them meat fritters, kogi jun, beef patties, dhon jeon, and the list goes on. Whatever you call them, Wanja jun look deceptively simple; the well-seasoned meat, tofu, and vegetable patties are bursting with flavor.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings as a side dish

Ingredients:

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 3/4 cup tofu, crushed and squeezed of excess liquid
    • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
    • 2 tsp minced garlic
    • 3 tsp sugar
    • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp sesame salt
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 3 Tbsp flour

Preparation:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix beef with tofu, onion, and all the seasonings and spices. Mix well.
  2. Shape the mixture into small flat patties, about the size of silver dollar.
  3. Heat up a saute pan to medium heat.
  4. Coat the patties in flour and then dip into beaten egg.
  5. Carefully place patties in heated pan, spooning a small amount of egg mixture onto each patty.
  6. Turn heat to medium-low and try to turn them only once.
  7. Serve hot or warm.
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