Gamja Jorim: A Braised Potato Side Dish.

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Gamja Jorim is a Korean recipe for potatoes in a garlicky soy based sauce. It is quite easy to make and doesn’t take too much time to prepare. There are quite a few different variations online as to how it is made and I’m sure they are all delicious. I’ll be showing you how I usually make it.

I take about a pound of potatoes, peel them, and chop them up into small cubes. Then place the cubed potatoes and place them in a bowl of cold water while working on the next steps. Cut half an onion into bite sized pieces, and put it to one side.

Peel and mince the garlic to end up with about 1 tbs of finely minced garlic. I use a garlic press for the cleaned cloves, or when I’m in a hurry I just use garlic from a jar.

Drain the water off the potatoes. Pour 2 tbs of vegetable or olive oil into a frying pan. Warm the pan and oil on medium heat, then put the potatoes in the pan. Be very careful because water and hot oil don’t mix and it might spatter, so make sure potatoes are thoroughly drained of water. But on the other hand it is not good to put the potatoes in a cold pan and oil as the potatoes would be prone to soak up the oil.

Cook the potatoes on medium high for 3 or 4 minutes stirring every now and then. Add the chopped onion and continue cooking for another 3 or 4 minutes. The soy based sauce is 3 tbs soy sauce, 2 tbs sugar, 1/3 cup water 1/2 tsp black pepper and salt to taste. You might want to wait and add the salt at the end because soy sauce can be somewhat salty.

Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan and cover with a lid. You may need to lower the heat to medium, and let cook for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick can easily go into a potato cube.

Once the potatoes are cooked place in a serving dish and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

List of ingredients.

About a pound of potatoes.   1/2 onion.   1 tbs minced garlic.    3 tbs soy sauce.  2 tbs sugar. 2 tbs vegetable or olive oil.  1/3 cup water.  1/2 tsp black pepper,   salt to taste.  sesame seeds to decorate.

This recipe can be made spicy by adding 1 tsp of korean pepper flakes or even hot pepper paste. You can make it more colorful by adding another vegetable such as carrots. It can be made into a one meal dish by adding cubed ham, or you can add depth to the recipe if you add 1 tsp of malt syrup, or even honey, instead of the 2 tbs sugar. (So that would be 1 tbs sugar and 1 tbs honey for example.) It can be served as a banchan or a side dish, or in my case for today’s lunch just instead of regular potatoes.braised potatoes 020

I’d love to hear of other variations for this dish or if you make it yourself let me know in the comments how it turns out.

Have a great day everyone.

Please do not copy or use without permission and accreditation, all photo credits to Debora Marzec.

You may also enjoy reading Korea Without The Chili Pepper!  and Korean Tea.

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