Gamja Jorim - A Korean Potato Banchan
Gamja Jorim – A Korean Potato Banchan

Gamja Jorim – A Korean Potato Banchan

This Korean Banchan, or side dish, consists of potato pieces seasoned with garlic and chili, then braised with soy sauce and syrup until the medium reduces to a lovely sweet glaze. It is commonly eaten cold, but it is also delicious served hot. It keeps for a long time in the fridge so a large batch can be made ahead of time and served at a succession of meals, or in bento-style lunches, or alone as a snack.

The Basic Method

Browning potatoes for a Gamja Jorim Side dish
Browning potatoes for a Gamja Jorim Side dish

The potatoes are first browned in a little oil and seasoned with minced garlic and red pepper flakes.

Braising the potatoes and forming a glaze
Braising the potatoes and forming a glaze

Once the potatoes are nicely browned, the braising medium ingredients of soy sauce, Corn Syrup, and water are added to the pan. This is cooked down until the potatoes are tender and the sauce has reduced to nothing more than a thick, sweet glaze for the potatoes. If the sauce reduces before the potatoes are sufficiently tender, more water can be added and the braising continued for a little longer.

Most recipes you will come across for this dish call for Corn Syrup, but you can also use Brown Rice Syrup (which was what I actually used to prepare the dish presented here). Honey can also be used but the flavor will change considerably.

The basic method used here is also the same as in my Octopus Banchan and Spicy Squid Banchan in that the main ingredients are braised in a medium containing both syrup and soy sauce. The beauty of this process is that the salt and sugar in these ingredients act as a sort of preservative, along the finished dishes to be kept for extended periods in the refrigerator. This means that, rather than cooking a batch for each use, you can make enough to have side-dishes for many meals, or lunches, or stand-alone snacks. Basically, you can think of cooking multiple meal portions of this sort of Banchan as Korean-style ‘Meal Prepping

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Gamja Jorim – A Korean Potato Banchan

Gamja Jorim is a Korean Potato Banchan, or side dish, in which braised potato nuggets are served in a sweet and spice glaze. It Is terrific hot or cold.
Course: Appetizer, Banchan, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Chili, Corn Syrup, Garlic, Potato
Author: John Thompson


  • 1 lb potatoes cut into small dice or irregular chunks;
  • ½ tsp. Salt;
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic;
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper flakes;
  • 2 -3 tbsp. Corn Syrup or Rice Syrup or Honey;
  • 1/8 cup Soy sauce;
  • ¼ cup water;
  • Sesame Seeds for garnishing.


  • Salt the potatoes and then heat a little vegetable oil in a pan over a moderately high flame.
  • Sauté the potato pieces just until they brown on the surfaces and then add the garlic and red pepper flakes.
  • Continue cooking until the garlic releases its aroma, then add the remaining ingredients and cook down until the potato is tender and the sauce is reduced to a thick glaze.
  • Allow to cool and then garnish with Sesame Seeds just before serving.

Comments, questions or suggestions most welcome!