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Crispy Korean Potato Pancakes (감자전 Gamja Jeon)


Korean potato pancakes (감자전 Gamjajeon)
Korean potato pancakes (감자전 Gamjajeon)

What’s Gamja Jeon (Korean Potato Pancakes)?

Korean Gamja Jeon are crispy savory pancakes produced from grated potatoes pan-fried in oil.

Again in June 2013, I planted some coloured potatoes in my father’s farm in Icheon. After which we harvested them in late July. And I’ve been busy promoting them for the final 2 months. I’ve already offered most of it however I had quite a lot of oddly formed ugly potatoes left -not match on the market however completely high quality for consuming.

After which an outdated school good friend got here up with the thought of constructing Korean Potato Pancakes or Gamjajeon(감자전) and promoting them at our Ewha College Alumni Baazar occasion. It was an ideal solution to eliminate these extra potatoes, to assist increase cash for varsity and in addition for an additional alumni good friend with most cancers.

The morning began out with buckets of rain nevertheless it received mild simply sufficient for college students to return out and purchase our yummy crispy potato pancakes – freshly made on the spot. Individuals stated that the piping sizzling pancakes had been an ideal factor to have on a wet, cool day.

It was so successful that we had been making these nonstop with folks always ready. It was really a bit aggravating as a result of we couldn’t make them quick sufficient however we had a blast making them! Regardless that I’ve not seen some pals for 20+ years, spending the day collectively made it as if I had by no means left.

Now again to Korean potato pancakes…probably the most scrumptious (and truly my first) gamjajeon I had was throughout our household journey to the Seorak Mountains. It was after I was in highschool. My dad, mother, brother and I had been climbing up the seorak mountain and on our manner, we discovered these little shacks close to mountain streams, wherever they was a flat ledge that was large enough to carry them. Maybe it was the mountain air, or maybe it was as a result of I used to be actually hungry however I nonetheless can’t neglect how good the gamjajeon was. Barely crispy on the skin and filled with potato goodness inside.

What sort of potatoes work finest for Korean potato pancakes?

I used coloured potatoes right here however you may merely substitute different potatoes. The very best potatoes for Korean potato pancake (gamjajeon) are starchy ones like common russet potato. You should utilize waxy potatoes however you most likely might want to add extra flour to maintain it collectively and is probably not as crispy. Examine several types of potatoes right here.

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamja Jeon) Recipe

Servings: 4                                Prep Time: 20 min                       Issue: Average

Cooking Time: 4-5 min for every pancake (recipe makes about 6 six-inch pancakes)

Components

  • 1 lb potatoes (starchy) – I used a mixture of pink and purple potatoes right here
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 T flour (alter primarily based on how moist your potatoes are)
  • vegetable oil for pan frying

Instructions

  1. Wash potatoes. Peel if the pores and skin is thick like russet however you may go away the pores and skin on if it’s skinny sufficient.
  2. Reduce potatoes into smaller items.
cut colored potatoes for gamjajeon
reduce coloured potatoes for gamjajeon (mixture of pink and purple)

Initially, Koreans used graters to finely grate the potato however chopper is less complicated and works simply pretty much as good.

  • Reduce onions into items sufficiently small to slot in the chopper.
  • potato and onions in chopper for gamjajeon
    potato and onions in chopper for gamjajeon
  • Chop onions and potatoes in blender, like so –
  • chopped potato in blender for gamjajeon
    chopped potato in blender for gamjajeon
  • For the next quantity of additional potato liquid,
  • watery potato and onion mix
    watery potato and onion combine

    I added 3 T of flour. After you add the flour, the consistency of the potato combination must be in order that it doesn’t run down simply from a spatula.

    gamjajeon (korean potato pancake) mix
    gamjajeon (korean potato pancake) combine

    Add extra flour if wanted. If the gamjajeon falls aside too simply whereas cooking.

  • Warmth about 2 T of oil in frying pan on med excessive warmth.
    • Utilizing adequate quantity of oil is vital to creating a superb gamjajeon so don’t skimp on oil. Gamjajeon will even stick simply to the pan if there isn’t sufficient oil.
    • Warmth oil till it swirls round within the pan like water.
  • Ladle the potato combine onto the recent pan. Unfold out evenly to about 1/3 in thickness. One full ladle ought to make one 6 inch pancake.
  • Gamjajeon frying in pan
    Gamjajeon frying in pan
  • Decrease warmth to medium and fry for two minutes or so. Test doneness by lifting up the facet barely to see how brown it’s. When it’s THIS brown, flip it over!!
  • Gamjajeon browned in pan
    Gamjajeon browned in pan
  • Fry the opposite facet for an additional 2 minutes till accomplished.
  • And there you go~ Serve with some yangnyum jang(양념장) for jeon (see my submit for yangnyum jang)  or chokanjang (초간장) which is mainly a dipping sauce made by mixing soy sauce and rice vinegar. This pancake is a good snack or banchan for teenagers and adults alike! It’s also a terrific appetizer for Korean rice wine (막걸리 Maakeoli), so go forward attempt it!

    Gamja Jeon Additions and Garnishes

    • For extra zing, add some chopped inexperienced chili peppers to the combo or to the yangnyum jang.
    • The coloured potatoes may be eaten uncooked so I added them on high (as within the image) as garnish and it was a wonderful mixture as a result of it added a crunchy texture.
    Crispy Potato Pancakes - Korean Style
    Crispy Potato Pancakes – Korean Type

    TIPS for Excellent Korean Potato Pancakes

    • DO NOT flip over the pancake prematurely, earlier than it’s absolutely browned – it’s the primary cause why it can crumble.
    • Loosen the pancake from the pan earlier than you flip over, by loosening it barely throughout after which shaking the pan till the pancake begins sliding round.
    • Retailer leftover Gamjajeon within the fridge and reheat by re-frying in a frying pan with a bit of bit extra oil.
    • Korean potato pancakes are finest loved as Anju (bar meals) with some Makgeolli, Soju or different Korean drinks. It will also be a terrific facet dish to Spicy Soups and Stews like Hobak Gochujang Jjigae and Yukgaejang.

    Crispy Potato Pancakes (Gamjajeon)

    Barely crispy on the skin and filled with potato goodness inside, these potato pancakes make for excellent snacks which can be simple to whip up with easy elements. 

    serves: 4

    Directions

    • Wash potatoes. Peel if the pores and skin is thick like russet however you may go away the pores and skin on if it’s skinny sufficient.

    • Reduce potatoes into smaller items. (Initially, Koreans use graters to finely grate the potato however chopper is less complicated and works simply pretty much as good.)

    • Reduce onions into items sufficiently small to slot in the chopper.

    • Chop onions and potatoes in a blender.

    • For the quantity of additional potato liquid, I added 3 Tbs of flour. After you add the flour, the consistency must be in order that the combo doesn’t run down simply from a spatula.

    • Add extra flour if wanted, resembling when the gamjajeon falls aside too simply whereas cooking.

    • Warmth about 2 Tbs of oil in a frying pan on medium-high warmth.

    • Utilizing adequate quantity of oil is vital to creating a superb gamjajeon so don’t skimp on oil. Gamjajeon will even stick simply to the pan if there isn’t sufficient oil.

    • Warmth the oil till it swirls round within the pan like water.

    • Ladle the potato combine onto the recent pan. Unfold out evenly to about 1/3 in thickness. One full ladle ought to make one 6 inch pancake.

    • Decrease warmth to medium and fry for two minutes or so. Test doneness by lifting up the facet barely to see how brown it’s. When it’s BROWN, flip it over!

    • Fry the opposite facet for an additional 2 minutes till accomplished.

    • Serve with some yangnyum jang (양념장) for jeon (see my submit for yangnyum jang) or chokanjang (초간장) and it’s a nice snack or banchan for teenagers and adults alike! It’s also a terrific appetizer for Korean rice wine (막걸리 Maakeoli).

    Ideas & Notes:

    • Finest potatoes to make use of are starchy potatoes like common russet. You should utilize waxy potatoes however you most likely might want to add extra flour to maintain it collectively and is probably not as crispy.
    • For extra zing, add some chopped inexperienced chili peppers to the combo or to the yangnyum jang.
    • The coloured potatoes may be eaten uncooked so I added them on high as garnish and it was a wonderful mixture as a result of it added a crunchy texture.
    • DO NOT flip over the pancake prematurely, earlier than it’s absolutely browned; it’s the primary cause why it can crumble.
    • Loosen the pancake from the pan earlier than you flip over, by loosening it barely throughout after which shaking the pan till the pancake begins sliding round.

    Diet Info:

    Energy: 115kcal (6%)| Carbohydrates: 26g (9%)| Protein: 3g (6%)| Sodium: 151mg (7%)| Potassium: 492mg (14%)| Fiber: 1g (4%)| Sugar: 1g (1%)| Vitamin C: 7.5mg (9%)| Calcium: 18mg (2%)| Iron: 1.2mg (7%)



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