Korean scallion pancakes: 4 LI picks

The seafood pajeon, a scallion pancake with clams, The seafood pajeon, a scallion pancake with clams, squid and shrimp, at Dori in Commack. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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New to Korean food? Try a scallion pancake (pajeon), which may be ordered with bits of seafood inside (haemul pajeon). Although fried to a crisp, these pancakes are usually light and fluffy within.

Here are four restaurants that do them well.

JANE CAFE

, 92 Main St., Mineola

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At this simple storefront serving both Japanese and Korean food, the mixed seafood-scallion pancake is a comforting treat. ($11.99)

SSAMBAP KOREAN BBQ

, 2350 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook

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This spacious Korean barbecue house serves a lacy-edged seafood-scallion pancake you'll want to return for. ($8)

SURASANG

, 336 Jericho Tpke., Syosset

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The seafood and scallion-studded pancake at this strip mall spot is crunchy on the outside, pillowy within, imbued with a lovely onion flavor. ($16)

DORI KOREAN RESTAURANT

, 1087 Jericho Tpke. Commack

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The flavors of Korea come through loud and clear here, both in the classics and in a smattering of Chinese dishes with a Korean twist.  A fine starter to share is the seafood pajeon, a crisp yet pillowy pancake studded with scallions, clams, shrimp and squid. ($9.95)

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