Gamjatang 감자탕

During chilly winter nights in Seoul, you’ll defintely want to get a pot of hot potato soup. We call this “Gamjatang 감자탕” in Korean.

Korean potato soup

Gamjatang 감자탕

Although Gamjatang is named after Gamja (or potato), the soup has more pork backbone and with various other ingredients such as hot peppers, onions, ground wild sesame seeds and topped with perilla leaves or sometimes call sesame leaves (kkaennip, 깻잎). The soup is deep red and slightly spicy. Anyways, I don’t really enjoy the soup. Probably because other Korean food are much nicer than Gamjatang (in my opinion).

namyeong restaurant

Restaurant at Sookmyung area


The restaurant I patronized was at an alley near Sookmyung Women’s University (숙명여자대학교). Sookdae area is pretty vibrant at night with many youths hanging around. There are many restaurants in this area. Sookdae area is probably “Hongdae” or “Sinchon” in the making. However, you won’t find many tourists in this area and most people only can speak Korean.

See also:
Sinchon Area
Naengmyeon 냉면
Tosokchon Ginseng Chicken
Makgeolli 막걸리


11 thoughts on “Gamjatang 감자탕

  1. I’m really interested in Asian cuisine, but I don’t know that much about Korean food. Do they have a lot of vegetarian dishes? (Since I’m a vegetarian haha)

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