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Hi everybody, today I’m introducing you to a Korean regional specialty from Gangwon province called gamjajeon (potato pancakes). Gangwon province is well-known in Korea for its delicious potatoes.
Out of all the recipes on my website, this one requires some of the fewest ingredients: potato and a little salt and oil!
The first time I ever had gamjajeon was when I was a university student in Seoul, on a class field trip to Seorak mountain park in Gangwon province. Near the entrance to the mountain there was a small restaurant that served gamjajeon and makkoli and the gamjajeon was prepared outside in the open air so I could see how they made it. One woman grated potato after potato, and another had a skillet where she cooked the pancakes as they were ordered. The pancakes were a little brown because grated potatoes oxidize quickly when they’re exposed to air, and the traditional way of preparing them allows them to brown a little.
In this recipe I take some steps to keep them from browning, and I also add some buchu to make them green and add flavor. If you want bright white pancakes simply add a bit of salt to the potatoes when you blend/grate them.
My American friends thought these tasted a little like potato chips. This sounded funny to me at first, that this Korean regional specialty could taste like an American snack food, but after thinking about it some more it made sense. Both are made of potato and fried with a bit of oil.
I know that many of my readers are college students on a budget who like to cook on the weekends with their friends. If you’re one of them, you can get some Idaho potatoes for $3, enlist some of your friends to grate potatoes, and you guys can all make pancakes together and have fun for almost nothing!
for dipping sauce
10 servings (10 small pancakes) if served as an appetizer, and if served as a snack.
Posted Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Tagged: gamjajeon, green pancake, korean appetizer, korean food, Korean food blog, Korean food website, Korean kitchen, Korean potato pancake, Korean recipes, korean snack, Maangchi recipes, potato pancake, potato recipe, vegetarian dish
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