A super simple but delicious spicy Korean potato stew by famous celebrity chef, Baek Jong Won!
The dish was first shown on the Korean show “Delicious Rendezvous” where Baek Jong Won and the whole team highlight local produce to help farmers in Korea. He’s now showing off these recipes on his own YouTube channel!
What is “Jjageuli”?
This isn’t a word/dish that is as widely used as “gook” (soup) or “jjigae” (stew) in Korea. Jjageuli often refers to a dish with pork and potato that is cooked in a spicy thick broth. It is cooked in less broth than stew and the starches within the potato makes it thick and saucy than soupy.
How is this made?
This is a super easy (and very affordable) for a quick weeknight meal. Yang SeHyung, a Korean comedian, who comes to help Baek Jong Won on his YouTube channel mentions that it’s just a bit harder than cooking Korean ramyun! Cut potatoes into matchbox sticks, smash some spam, throw it into a pot with a few more vegetables, sauce and water. That’s basically it! Simmer!
This dish goes really well with a bowl of rice! I like to spoon a bit of the broth and toppings on to the rice and have one big bite of rice, broth and spam. If you’re over 21, this dish is also enjoyed well with a side of soju (Korean liquor). A shot of soju chased with a biteful of potato and spam to wash it all down. Enjoy it how you wish!
Korean Potato and Spam Stew (Gamja Jjageuli)
- 2 large potatoes 3 small - 400 g, about 1 lb
- ½ onion sliced
- 3 spicy peppers serrano, jalapeno or spicy pepper of choice
- 1 green onion scallion, chopped
- 6 oz (170 g) spam ½ regular sized can
- 2 cups (480 ml) water
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 2 ½ Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp gochugaru Korean red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp gochujang Korean red pepper paste
- ½ Tbsp sugar
- ½ Tbsp dwenjang soy bean paste
- Prep the vegetables. Cut the potatoes into large matchbox sticks. Slice the onions, chop the spicy peppers and chop the green onion.
- In a medium sized pot, lay the potatoes down first, then top with onions and peppers.
- Take the spam and smash it. Baek Jong Won puts the spam in a bag and smashes it with his palm. You could just use a spoon as well.
- Lay the spam on top of the onions and peppers in the pot. Throw in the chopped green onion.
- Add in all the sauce ingredients into the pot.
- Fill with water, just until all the ingredients are immersed.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes or longer. The longer it cooks, the more all the ingredient flavors will come together.
- Enjoy with a bowl of white rice! I like to spoon a bit of the broth and toppings on to the rice and have one big bite of rice, broth and spam.