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Place of originKorea
Region or stateGangwon Province
Associated cuisineKorean cuisine
Main ingredientsPotatoes
Korean name
Revised Romanizationgamja-ongsimi

Gamja-ongsimi (감자옹심이) or potato dough soup is a variety of sujebi (hand-pulled dough soup) in Korea's Gangwon cuisine.[1][2] Both the potato dumplings (or potato balls) and the soup can be referred to as gamja-ongsimi. The juk (porridge) made with potato balls as its ingredient is called gamja-ongsimi-juk,[3] and the kal-guksu (noodle soup) made with the potato balls is called gamja-ongsimi-kal-guksu.[4]

Etymology and history[edit]

Gamja (감자) means potatoes, and ongsimi (옹심이) is a Gangwon dialect word for saealsim (새알심; literally "bird's egg", named for its resemblance to small bird's eggs, possibly quail eggs), which is a type of dough cake ball often made with glutinous rice flour and added to porridges such as patjuk (red bean porridge) and hobak-juk (pumpkin porridge).[1] Originally, gamja-ongsimi was made into small balls as saealsim, but nowadays it is also made into bigger, less globular, and more sujebi (hand-pulled dough)-like shapes.[1]


Potatoes are grated, drained, squeezed, and mixed with the potato starch settled at the bottom of drained water in a bowl.[5] The potato dough is balled into ongsimi, and boiled in anchovy-dasima broth with vegetables such as aehobak (Korean zucchini), shiitake mushrooms, shepherd's purse, and red chili peppers.[2][5] The soup is often topped with gim-garu (seaweed flakes), toasted sesame seeds, and optionally white and yellow al-gomyeong (egg garnish).[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "gamja-ongsimi" 감자옹심이. Doopedia (in Korean). Doosan Corporation. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b 황, 재희. "gamja-ongsimi" 감자옹심이 [potato dough soup]. Encyclopedia of Korean Local Culture (in Korean). Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  3. ^ "gamja-ongsimi-juk" 감자옹심이죽. Doopedia (in Korean). Doosan Corporation. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^ "gamja-ongsimi-kal-guksu" 감자옹심이칼국수. Doopedia (in Korean). Doosan Corporation. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c 정, 혜경. "gamja-ongsimi" 감자옹심이. Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (in Korean). Academy of Korean Studies. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2017.