Yachae Twigim (Deep Fried Vegetable Snack)

Yachae twigim is a popular street food/drinking snack in Korea. Just outside the air base I was stationed at, street vendors would offer a variety of twigim for a few hundred won.

Servings: 15
Recipe Type: Appetizer, Ban Chan, Korean, Recipe, Snack, Street Food, Vegetable


1 large carrot
1 zucchini
1 fresh red chili pepper
2 bunches enoki mushrooms, separated
4 green onions
1 medium potato
1 medium sweet potato
6 cloves fresh garlic
vegetable oil for deep frying

1 cup all-purpose white flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1/4 cup corn or potato starch
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups ice cold water

Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 clove garlic
1 green onion
1 tsp brown sugar or sugar
1/4 tsp sesame oil


Wash all vegetables well in cold water.
Potato, sweet potato, and carrot
Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat.
Peel and rinse potatoes and trim very top and bottom of the carrot.
Thin slice (about 1/8 inch thick) the potato and sweet potato, then cut each slice into thin strips.
Slice carrot into about 1/8 by 1/8 by 2 inch strips.
Place potato, sweet potato and carrot strips in boiling water and remove pot from heat. Let sit in hot water until just limp (2 to 5 minutes)
Drain and rinse in cold water, then pat dry with paper towel.
Zucchini, Green Onion, Pepper, Garlic
Peel Zucchini, rinse, and slice into about 1/8 by 1/8 by 2 inch strips. Pat dry.
Trim top and bottom of green onions, wash in cold water, then cut into 2 inch sections.
Remove stem from chili pepper, cut in half from top to bottom, then sliver each half.
Thin slice garlic cloves from top to bottom.
Put all vegetables in a large bowl and toss until well mixed

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then sift.
Wisk egg and water together, add to bowl of dry ingredients, and wisk together until smooth.

Dipping Sauce
Wisk soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and vinegar together in a small bowl.
Fine chop garlic and green onion, add to liquid, and mix well.

Pour cooking oil (about 3 inches deep) into a large wok or deep pot. Heat over high heat to 375º (a drop of batter should immediately float when placed in hot oil)
Using metal kitchen tongs, dip some of the tossed vegetables into the batter.
Allow excess batter to drip off, then gently drop into hot oil.
Cook until lightly browned (three to five minutes).
Use a metal basket strainer with handle to remove from oil, transfer to paper towel and let drain.
Repeat until all vegetables are cooked. (Do not over crowd the wok/pot as this could cause oil to "boil over")
Serve as a snack or appetizer with dipping sauce.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: About 4 ounces
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 94.37
Calories From Fat (14%) 13.52
Calories From Protein (11%) 10.55
Calories From Carbohydrates (75%) 70.31
Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value
Total Fat 1.53g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.24g 1%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.83g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.29g
Trans Fatty Acids 0.24g
Cholesterol 14.1mg 5%
Sodium 572.81mg 24%
Potassium 233.14mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 17.52g 6%
Fiber 1.46g 6%
Sugar 1.85g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
Net Carbohydrates 16.06g
Protein 2.95g 6%
Vitamin A 2516.98IU 50%
Vitamin C 12.59mg 21%
Calcium 21.78mg 2%
Iron 0.98mg 5%
Vitamin E 0.39mg 4%
Vitamin D 1.17IU <1%
Thiamin 0.12mg 8%
Riboflavin 0.12mg 7%
Niacin 1.47mg 7%
Vitamin B6 0.16mg 8%
Folate 32.86mcg 8%
Vitamin B12 0.04mcg <1%
Pantothenic Acid 0.34mg 3%
Vitamin K 19.44mcg 24%
Phosphorus 55.64mg 6%
Magnesium 17.52mg 4%
Zinc 0.36mg 2%
Copper 0.07mg 4%
Manganese 0.24mg 12%
Selenium 4.79mcg 7%
Alcohol 0g
Caffeine 0mg
Water 71.89g 0%

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