Another spicy Korean “jang” dish using a fermented soybean-based condiment, gochujang, to flavor tiny yellow potatoes. My meatballs turned out so well that I was anxious to try another recipe.
Gochujang-Glazed Potatoes (Gamja Jorim), Adapted
- 2 lbs. Yukon Gold tiny potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-1-inch dice
- 1 tbsp. neutral oil such as canola
- 3 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1/4 cup mirin (don’t use the cooking mirin found in the Asian section – go to the wine/sake department and you will find the good stuff)
- 1 tbsp. gochujang paste
- 1 tbsp. white sugar – I did not add as Mirin is sweetened Sake and has sugar in it
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
- 2 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted (on medium high heat in a non-stick skillet, toast the seeds tossing/stirring frequently until they are nice light brown)
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias to garnish
Whisk together 1/2 cup water, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, the mirin, gochujang, sugar if adding, garlic, salt and pepper to taste. I find that with the soy sauce and all the other seasonings, there is no need for salt and pepper.
In a non-stick skillet heat the oil; add the potatoes and stir to coat. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the edges of the potatoes are translucent, about 10-15 minutes. You really don’t want to brown them too much.
Add the soy sauce mixture and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are done (stick a knife in the center).
Uncover and cook stirring gently until the liquid evaporates and the potatoes are glazed, about 5-10 minutes.
Remove and stir in the remaining 2 tsp. soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and toasted sesame seeds. Remove to a bowl and garnish with scallions.
This is another great recipe from the Milk Street Magazine which I have tweaked a little! Hard to quit eating these very flavorful potatoes. I just love gochujang, one of the new trends in food in 2018!
Toasted sesame seeds take a few minutes to reach that beautiful golden color…