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Type Jeon
Place of origin Korea
Region or state Gangwon Province
Main ingredients Potatoes, vegetable oil
Cookbook: Gamjajeon  Media: Gamjajeon
Hangul 감자전
Revised Romanization gamjajeon
McCune–Reischauer kamchachŏn

Gamjajeon is a variety of jeon, or Korean style pancake, made by pan-frying finely grated potato on a frying pan with any type of vegetable oil until golden brown.


Potatoes were introduced in Korea in either through the China–North Korea border at Tumen in 1824, or by the German missionary Karl Gützlaff via sea in 1832.[1] The tubers have been cultivated mainly in the hills and mountain ranges of Gangwon Province, with gamjajeon becoming a specialty of that region.[2] Gamjajeon is traditionally made with only potato, salt, and oil.[3]


According to taste, the grated potato may be supplemented with finely shredded potatoes, carrots, onions or scallions, sliced mushrooms, or garlic chives, which adds color and crunchy texture to the dish.[2] Gamjajeon can also be garnished with shredded fresh red and green chili pepper. It is served with a dipping sauce called choganjang (초간장), made of soy sauce and vinegar.[4]

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  1. ^ Siegmund, Felix. Tubers in a Grain Culture: The Introduction of Sweet and White Potatoes to Choson Korea and Its Cultural Implications. Korean Histories 2.2, 2010
  2. ^ a b (Korean) Gamjajeon at Doosan Encyclopedia
  3. ^ Jo Min-jeong (조민정). 강원도식 감자전 (in Korean). Patzzi / Lemontree. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  4. ^ 감자전 (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 

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