Gamjatang (Potato & Pork Stew)

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Gamjatang (Potato & Pork Stew)
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Author: umma
Date: 4-30-10
Servings: 5
Prep Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
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A key ingredient of this soup, although the name means "potato soup", is pork. It takes a while to boil so be prepared to stay by the stove. Also when you are boiling the pork, make sure you can turn the vent on or open the windows.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 lb pork back ribs
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tsp of whole black peppercorns
  • 4-5 pieces of sliced ginger (each piece sliced l/4" or so thick)
  • 2 tsp of minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, cut in half then sliced
  • 2 tbsp clear soy sauce (guk ganjang 국간장)
  • 2 tbsp hot pepper powder (gochugaru 고추가루)
  • 2 tbsp fermented soybean paste (doenjang 된장)
  • 4-5 medium potatoes
  • 2 bunches of green onion (or 1 bundle Korean leek (daepa 대파)
  • 1 bundle of perilla leaves, long bundle with stems if available, if not leaves are ok (a substitute can be cooked radish leaves)

Recipe Steps:

  • Put the ribs in a large container and cover with cold water – let sit for 1-2 hours or longer to get blood out.
  • Boil the ribs once and drain the water – add 6 cups of fresh water to cover the ribs. Also add the peppercorns, ginger pieces, minced garlic, and sliced onion. Cook on medium heat about 1/2 hour.
  • Add the soy sauce, red pepper powder and the fermented soybean paste – cook for another 10-20 minutes.
  • Chop the green onions and peel the potatoes and chop in half. If smaller potatoes, just leave them whole. Add the potatoes and cook on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes more.
  • About 5 minutes before serving, add the green onions and perilla leaves and leave on the heat for another 5 minutes or so. Taste and add salt and black pepper to taste if needed.

Serving Size: 5
Preparation Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes

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