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Gamja Bokum Banchan {Korean Potato Stirfry}

Gamja Bokum Banchan {Korean Potato Stirfry}

How is your Sunday going? I hope you all are enjoying the “warm” weather wherever you are (unless you’re on the other side of the world and enjoying the opposite of warm). I am having a descent Sunday. The fam went to church early this morning and got back home at noon. We’ve just been chilling at the house. The husband reading a book. The kids playing. Me? I had a busy afternoon cooking some Korean banchan (side dishes). Koreans always have several kinds of different banchans on their dining table for all three meals. It’s very common for people to prepare different banchans one day and keep them in the fridge until they’re all gone. If you’ve been to a Korean restaurant, you probably have noticed that they bring out several kinds of side dishes to your table along with the food you ordered on the menu. Banchans are usually made with vegetables. Usually pretty healthy, too.


One of my favorite banchans is Gamja Bokum, literally meaning potato stirfry. My husband claims that it’s one of his favorite Korean side dishes. This recipe uses soy sauce to season the potatoes but many times, I use just salt instead if I want the potatoes to remain the natural potato color.


I added some red bell peppers and onions but you can skip them if you want just a simple potato dish. I actually enjoyed the different textures in this dish. This side dish is just perfect with a bowl of rice.


To prepare this dish, cut the potatoes into thin strips and soak them in water for about 5 minutes.


Pat dry the potatoes with a clean towel.


Heat oil in a frying pan and add the potatoes and stir.


Add garlic, sliced onions, bell peppers, and chopped green onions to the pan and stir well.


Add soy sauce to the pan when the potatoes are softened.


Add sugar to the pan and stir well.

Pretty simple and easy, right?

Gamja Bokum {Korean Potato Stirfry}

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 golden yukon potatoes, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • ¼ yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 green onion, chopped, divided
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  1. Soak prepared potatoes in water for 5 minutes. Pat dry the potatoes with a clean towel.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and stir well using wooden chopsticks. Add the prepared onions and bell peppers and stir well, about 5 minutes.
  3. When the potatoes are almost softened, add half of the chopped green onions, minced garlic, soy sauce, and sugar and stir well to mix.
  4. Remove from heat and garnish with the rest of the chopped green onions and serve.



8 Responses to “Gamja Bokum Banchan {Korean Potato Stirfry}”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — July 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Warm? Er…rather more like oppressively hot oven! These potato stirfries are far more welcome.

  2. #
    Sook — July 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    ha ha Belinda. I meant WARM as in HOT like a flame! :)

  3. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What a fun 반찬! It’s like a fun twist on traditional french fries! Need to try this soon.

  4. #
    Gomo @ cHowDivine — July 2, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Hey Sook! My mom used to make this dish all of the time. And it was my brother’s favorite side dish. I haven’t had it in a few months tho. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. #
    Sissi — July 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I am slowly discovering the Korean cuisine and I love every single dish I taste. This is the first time I see this potato stir-fry and I’m sure it tastes heavenly…
    You know in my Swiss city restaurants I went to not only don’t bring you side dishes along with your order, but you have to pay for every single (tiny) portion of kimchi and so on… There is a good side of this policy that made me angry: I have started to cook Korean at home :-)
    Thank you for visiting my blog. As a big fan of Korean cuisine I am really happy to discover yours!

    • Sook replied: — July 2nd, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      I cannot believe that they will charge you for sides… Lame! I would never go back to that place… Are the main dishes at least cheaper than normal? That makes ME angry! I am glad that you like Korean food. And it’s pretty easy to make Korean food at home. Thank you for your comment! :)


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