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