This butter bean patty recipe is my adaptation of a common type of Korean tofu patty side dish (두부전=DuBu Jeon). Instead of using tofu, we will be using beans. In Korea, canned beans are not common except for red bean paste or sweetened red beans that are used for some kinds of desserts. Dried beans are the most common in Korea. We usually soak them over night and boiled them for a long time before they are soft enough to eat. In that point, the canned beans that are commonly found in the USA are very convenient and cheap. I have been thinking of ways these canned beans can be used in Korean cooking. The can of black beans that I used in my pumpkin porridge recipe was the first time I tried using canned beans in Korean food, and the result was very good. So, the last time we went to the grocery store, I got different kinds of beans to try in Korean dishes.
My husband does not care much for tofu because of the taste and health reasons. I am not a big fan of tofu either, however every now and then; I get hungry for Korean tofu dishes, especially the tofu patty dishes. Of course, I wanted to see my hubby taste delicious tofu patties. As a result of all of those things, I imagined replacing tofu with beans. So, that is how I came up with this recipe, and my husband and I love it. The creamy, nutty flavor of the butter beans combines with the garlic well, and it has a little hot pepper for an awesome taste that is sure to be a hit. I am very excited to share this recipe with you. They taste best hot off the stove.
Yield: 16 Patties
Short Korean Lesson
- Kong (콩) = Bean
- Gong (공) = Ball
- 1 Can Butter Beans (16 oz)
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 Tbsp Garlic
- ½ Tbsp Red Hot Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Green Onion
- ½ tsp Salt
- Some Cooking Oil for Frying
Obtain 1 can (16 oz) of butter beans. You should get about 1 cup. Drain the liquid from the can. You can use different kinds of beans, but for the pretty color, I picked these light colored beans instead of darker colored beans.
Finely chop the beans, 2 Tbsp of garlic, ½ Tbsp of red hot pepper, and 1 Tbsp of green onion.
Add the beans, vegetables, 2 eggs, ¼ cup of flour, and ½ tsp of salt in a mixing bowl.
Mix everything together.
In a heated and generously oiled pan, spread a small spoonful of the batter in a round shape.
Fry them on medium-high until both sides of the patties become golden brown.
This has good color and great flavor. It is a good finger food or appetizer. Try it someday. 🙂