Sesame Leaf pocket with mince beef [Kaenip Jeon]

When I was younger, my parents had their own sesame field. I used to help them harvest it, which involved hitting the sesame sticks to make the seeds fall. I enjoyed it so much :-) I think that’s why I love eating sesame today.

Sesame field by Hamburger Helper

Because sesame leaves have lots of vitamin A and C, it’s perfect for beef as it can help to prevent cholesterol increase.

In this post, I will let you know a sesame leaf dish which is so easy to make and can be eaten as a light snack. It might be hard to find sesame leaves at your local market. But most asian grocery stores will sell them.

Let’s begin!

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Ingredients (serves 2)

-Pre time: 15 minutes

-Cook time: 5 minutes

  • 10 Sesame leaves (get from an asian grocery store)
  • Beef mince 150g
  • Tofu 40g
  • 2 Eggs
  • Flour

Seasoning for filling:

  • 1 Ts Minced garlic
  • 1 Ts Minced spring onion
  • ½ Ts Sesame oil
  • ½ Ts Salt
  • Pepper

Dipping sauce:

  • 1 Tbs Soy sauces
  • 1 Ts Lemon juice
  • 1 Ts Vinegar
  • 1 Ts Sugar



1. Using a paper towel, soak up any excess water from the beef mince and tofu.

2. Rinse the sesame leaves in cold water. Drain well.

3. Cut the stems off the sesame leaves.

4. Mix all the filling ingredients into a bowl.

5. Add beef mince and tofu.

6. Mix all together with a folk.

7.  Coat the sesame leaves with flour.

8. Add some mince mixture to one half of the leaf. Flatten it to around 3mm thickness.

9. Dip the sesame leaf pocket into a bowl of two beaten eggs.

10. Fry both sides with some oil until it turns golden brown.






1. It’s better to crush the tofu before mixing with other ingredients. You can do this with a knife.
2. When frying them, you can flip them easily by holding the end of the leaf.
3. Fill the sesame leaf pocket with a handful of filling. Make less filling at the edge.
4. Make sure the sesame leaves are dry when you coat them with flour, otherwise it gets sticky.




 Quick Korean*

Kaenip[깻잎]= Sesame Leaf

Jeon[전]= Pancake

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One Response to “Sesame Leaf pocket with mince beef [Kaenip Jeon]”

  1. Loved this! Used turkey instead of beef, and my leaves were a touch small, but so delicious! Thanks! Grew up eating korean, but this was a first :)