Meals that made America great - Korean Pancakes
How food from around the world found a welcome home in the US - as featured in America The Cookbook
When we think of America, we do not just think of Native Americans but the sum of its immigrant populations, all of which have come to be regarded as part of the country's permanent tapestry rather than outsiders. This is certainly the case with Koreans – Los Angeles is home to the largest Korean-American community in the USA, with some 60,000 ethnic Koreans.
They originally took their place in LA's Bunker Hill district, which in the early 20th century was somewhat dubiously designated as an area where non-whites were encouraged to live, and found modest work as truck drivers, domestic help and waiters. In 1950, however, their community was boosted by a second wave of immigrants, fleeing the Korean war. Korean immigration would increase further in 1965, following the Hart-Celler Act, and they would become further entrenched in LA, settling largely in today's “Koreatown” in Olympic Boulevard.
The recipe for Korean Pancakes in America The Cookbook is not only mouth-watering but serves as a metaphor for Korean integration in America – a variation on an all-American ingredient. This one involves scallions, chives, rice flour, coriander and soy sauce, ingredients that are pretty easy to find in today’s LA and other big US cities, thanks to America’s great melting pot of cultures.
To get the recipe, and for more on American food - both homegrown and imported - get America The Cookbook here.