Potato & soy sauce side dish

Gamja-bokkeum 감자조림

This gamja-bokkeum (stir-fried potato side dish) used to be on my regular lunch box menu. My mother sometimes added small dried anchovies and carrot, and sometimes she added ham cut into dice like potato. I used to make this all the time as my children’s lunch boxes, too.

The other recipe in this video is Gamjachae-bokkeum (stir-fried shredded potato).



  1. Peel the 2-3 medium sized potatoes (15 oz, or 425 grams worth). Wash and cut them into ¾ inch cubes until you have 2½ cups’ worth.
  2. Put the potato into a colander under running water to remove the starch.
  3. Cut ½ cup’s worth of onion into bite sized chunks. Set aside.
  4. Add 1 tbs olive oil to a heated pan. Put the potato into the pan.
  5. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and sauté it until the potato looks a little translucent.
  6. Add the onion and keep stirring for a few minutes.
  7. Add a half cup of water to the pan, 2 tbs of soy sauce, and 1 tbs of corn syrup (or sugar). Mix and simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the liquid is evaporated.
  8. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add more water if it looks like it needs some.
  9. When the potato is cooked, turn off the stove and add 1 tbs of toasted sesame oil. Sprinkle a pinch of sesame seeds over top and serve with rice.

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  1. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    The gamja jorim turned out soo good! My 5 year old daughter loved it. The potatoes have such a savory flavor and goes well with anything or by itself. Yay!

  2. wendii joined 4/10 & has 1 comment

    Thanks so much~ My 2nd dish came out great, but not very well for the first one, it came out too mushy and not enough sauce and the taste wasnt what i ate at korean restuarants unfortunately . Well I guess im lacking a bit of age/ experience XD im 14 only

  3. wholebowlsalt joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    hiya maangachi, i googled for potato salad and found this site. i am wondering do you have the recipe for a potato side dish which in dark soy sauce and sweet? i try in a restaurant before but that restaurant don serve it anymore and my housemate and i are craving for it… thanks..

  4. bluebaby137 California/Michigan joined 6/09 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi, I love your recipes =D
    I tried some of them, and it turned out really successful.
    I was wondering if you can post some Korean Radish sidedish recipes.
    Thank you so much!!

  5. koreanboba joined 1/10 & has 5 comments

    질문이 있어요. Whenever I make anything with potatoes like the two dishes you listed, my potatos always come out mushy on the sides. I try to fry it a little longer but it doesn’t look as firm as yours.

    어떻게 할까요?

  6. Christine& has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! I have been craving a taste of my childhood so from your website I am making yukgaechang, gamcha jorim for dinner, tonight. I have kimchi from the Korean market and some fried mondu will round out dinner. I am so glad to have found your website! Thanks so much!

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