Gamjajeon – A Quick, Easy, Delicious Treat
Gamjajeon is a heavenly treat. It’s easy to make, really quick, with endless variations and can also be excellent party food. It’s also healthy, and very, very delicious.
Gamjajeon is essentally a Korean potato pancake, with ingredients you choose to your liking, fried in a pan, much like a regular pancake. Depending on the size and consistency, you can make it into a pie shape and cut it in slices like you would cut a cake, or you can make them smaller and thinner, use it as a wrap for meat dishes, or make them tiny and serve as a quick party snack. Did we mention that it’s super quick to make?
Ingredients (for 1 person)
- 2 medium sized potatoes
- 1 small onion or 1 spring onion
- 1/4 of a small carrot
- 1/4 of a small zucchini
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon starch
- salt to taste
- olive oil or vegetable oil for frying
How to make:
Grate the potatoes on a small-holed grater to get a pulp-like consistency, squeeze excess liquid out of it.
Cut the onion, the carrot, the zucchini and the garlic into really tiny cubes (the tinier you manage, the better. You can also grate finely). Add them to the potato pulp, add the starch, the salt and mix well. If the potato starts to run liquid this time, just add a little more starch to soak up the excess. You don’t want your mixture to have liquid in it, because it will make the heated oil pop, and we don’t want that!
When ready, put a small amount of oil into your pan, and make it spread through the pan with a sponge or a piece of paper cloth. It does not need more than a regular pancake would. Heat up the oil and put the mixture in with a tablespoon, or in case you are making party food, you can use a teaspoon. Spread it thinly and repeat until your pan is full.
It only needs around one minute on medium heat, when the edge starts to turn golden, turn them with a spatula and fry the other side, too. If you are unsure when you can flip, lift the edge of the gamjajeon up and if they are golden, they are good to flip.
You can serve right away, with or without a dipping sauce. You can make a quick Korean dipping sauce by mixing 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and some roasted sesame seed.