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Bakwan Jagung ala Pancake Korea - Corn Fritters ala Korean Pancake

Bakwan jagung (corn fritters), a popular Indonesian street food, prepared in the fashion of Korean pancake. Serve with sambal kecap tomat.

I love bakwan jagung (Indonesian corn fritters), and every summer when corns are bountiful, I make sure I buy plenty of fresh corns to stave off the cravings. But summer is not exactly a fun time to deep fry, so I transformed traditional bakwan jagung recipe into Korean pancake. It tastes absolutely delicious! I hope you will give my bakwan jagung ala pancake Korea - corn fritters ala Korean pancake a try.

Bakwan Jagung ala Pancake Korea - Corn Fritters ala Korean Pancake

A thicker bakwan jagung batter

This recipe is a cross between my bakwan jagung (corn fritters) recipe and my kimchi pancake recipe. The bakwan jagung pancake batter is based on the bakwan recipe, while the cooking method is based on the Korean pancake recipe. I use more corn and less water resulting in a thicker batter which is closer to Korean pancake batter.

Bakwan Jagung ala Pancake Korea - Corn Fritters ala Korean Pancake

Sambal kecap tomat as dipping sauce

Dipping sauce for Korean pancakes usually consists of soy sauce, rice vinegar, gochugaru, sesame seeds, and sesame oil. But since this is basically a modified bakwan jagung recipe, I decided to use Indonesian sambal kecap tomat as dipping sauce. I think it works beautifully, and the taste matches this Indonesian-Korean fusion corn fritters pancake really well.

Bakwan Jagung ala Pancake Korea - Corn Fritters ala Korean Pancake

Bakwan Jagung ala Pancake Korea - Corn Fritters ala Korean Pancake

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 35 mins

Serves: 8-16


  • Bakwan Jagung Pancake (Corn Fritters Pancake)
  • 4 ears fresh corn, kernels only
  • 150 gram all-purpose flour
  • 75 gram rice flour
  • 2 stalks Chinese celery, thinly sliced (or sub with 1 stalk regular celery)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 100 gram shallot, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 250 ml ice-cold water
  • Sambal Kecap Tomat (Spicy Tomato Dipping Sauce), mix together the following ingredients
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all pancake ingredients together into a thick batter.
  2. Heat 2-3 tablespoon oil in a cast-iron skillet/non-stick frying pan over medium high heat, then once the pan is hot, ladle pancake batter to the pan and spread evenly (about 1/4 of the total batter). After 30 seconds on medium high, reduce heat to medium, and once the edges look cook and more solid, flip the pancake to cook the other side, pressing lightly with a spatula to make the pancake crispy. Remove cooked pancake to a plate, and repeat the process for 3 more pancakes.
  3. Slice the pancakes into bite sizes and serve with the dipping sauce.


  • Boyd Kobe says:

    Yummy... these look delicious! So creative. I am excited to try one of them this week! Thank you for sharing!

    • Anita says:

      Thanks! I hope you will love these pancakes as much as I do.

  • Beth Pierce says:

    What a unique dish, indeed! I've never made this before, but it looks delicious and you've inspired me to give it a try! Yum!

  • Cindy Gordon says:

    We LOVE fritters in our house! This is such an easy and tasty recipe to make!

  • Andrea Metlika says:

    These look so good. I've never heard of this but I am so ready to taste them.

  • Emily says:

    Great recipe! I love it that I didn't need to fry it.

    • Anita says:

      I know right? I try to avoid deep frying as much as I can, especially in summer.

  • Patty at Spoonabilities says:

    I love corn fritters, and have never had a Korean version like this! I am so excited to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anita says:

      If you have an opportunity to visit a Korean restaurant, do try one of their many savory pancakes. I cannot get enough of those. :D

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