Finally, soup season is coming back with the cooler weather. To start with it, today I will share a simple yet spicy Korean potato and spam stew recipe with you. Oh, don’t be too scared about the word “spicy” because it is deliciously spicy and you can always adjust the spininess. Spicy food lovers will go crazy with this addictive Korean spicy food. A famous Korean chef and celebrity named Back, JongWon shared his recipe for this dish and it went viral in Korea. So many Koreans make this at home and love it. I will share my own version of it, and you will love mine too. Let’s get started.
Yield: 2 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- BaeGoPeun (배고픈) = Hungry
- GaRyeoUn (가려운) = Itchy
- 1¼ Cups Water
- 1 Generous Cup Potato (6 oz)
- 1 Cup Spam Light (6 oz)
- ½ Cup Onion
- ½ Cup Green Onions
- 1 Tbsp Red Hot Pepper (Optional)
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds (For Garnish)
- 1½ Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- ½ Tbsp Hot Pepper Paste
- 2 tsp Soup Soy Sauce or Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Soybean Paste
- 1 Generous tsp Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Garlic, Minced
Grab about 6 oz (1 generous cup) of potato and peel the skin. We also need ½ cup of onion, ½ cup of green onions, and 1 Tbsp worth of red hot pepper. If you cannot eat spicy food, you can skip the hot pepper.
Cut the potato into ¼ inch thick slices and then cut the slices in quarters. Cut the onion and the green onions into ¼ inch pieces. Finally, cut the red hot pepper thinly.
Get about 6 oz of spam (Light). You can use half of a 12 oz can of spam or use a 7 oz can. If you do not like spam, you can use other processed meat such as ham, hotdogs, bacon, canned tuna, etc. However, this can be a great chance to try spam especially if you didn’t like it before. You might change your mind about spam.
Break the spam and crumble it in your hands. You can also put the spam in a plastic bag and smash it. lol Aha, since the spam itself is very salty, I recommend the “light” version (reduced fat and reduced sodium) if you can get it.
Now all the preparation is done, so let’s cook the stew.
Put the chopped potato and onion in a pot.
Then, add the spam and all the ingredients for seasoning such as 2 tsp soup soy sauce, ½ Tbsp hot pepper paste, 1 tsp soybean paste, 1½ Tbsp hot pepper powder, 1 generous tsp sugar, and 1 Tbsp minced garlic.
Mix everything together.
Now, add 1¼ cups of water. (Oops, I forgot the spam. It was supposed to go in with the veggies. It’s okay, we can add it now. lol)
Once the broth starts to boil, cook it for 5 minutes on medium- high.
After 5 minutes, add the green onions and the red hot pepper. Cook it for another 5 minutes on medium-high.
It is done. That was easy, right? Depending on your tastes, you can add more water to get more broth, but for me, I like it this way, so I can put the potato jjageuli on top of rice and eat it together.
To do that, place some rice on a plate or bowl and put some of the potato JjaGeulI on top of the rice to serve. For garnish, sprinkle some finely chopped green onions and red hot peppers on top, like this, and then for the final touch, sprinkle some sesame seeds over it before serving. It is very colorful and smells wonderful. You can eat the leftovers cold or hot. I hope you try this recipe someday.