Gamja Duejigogi Jjigae (감자돼지고기찌개): Spicy Pork and Potato Stew


[Gamja: potato, Duejigogi: pork, Jjigae: stew]

I like this hearty nutritious spicy stew especially on a cold day. It is full of vegetables and the pork makes it even tastier. This classic stew is especially favored by men and is great with a little soju!


  • 200g (about 1/2 pound) of a fatty part of pork such as pork belly or pork butt, cut into bite sizes
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, preferably grape seed oil
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 zucchini, cut into about the same size as the potatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • About 5 shitake mushrooms, fresh or dried
  • 1 package of tofu, cut into cubes – optional
  • 2 scallions, chopped or thinly cut diagonally
  • 1 red chili pepper thinly cut – optional
  • Water

Pork marinade ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of diced scallion
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sake
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • A pinch of black pepper

Soup sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons of gochujang (고추장, red pepper paste)
  • 1 tablespoon of gochugaru (고추가루, red pepper powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of sake
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  1. Mix the pork marinade ingredients and marinate the pork. Let it sit in the refrigerator.IMG_3441
  2. Mix the soup sauce.IMG_3440
  3. If you are using dried shitake mushrooms, place them in warm water for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Cut all the vegetables into similar sizes. Place the cut potatoes into water to prevent discoloring.IMG_3446
  5. Heat a large pot and drizzle vegetable oil such as grape seed oil.
  6. Sauté the marinated pork for about 3-5 minutes.IMG_3447
  7. Pour in about 6 cups of water. Mix in about 3/4 of the soup sauce. Increase the heat and bring the stew to a boil.
  8. Add all the vegetables except for the scallions and red chili pepper. Lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot and let it cook until the potatoes are fully cooked.IMG_3469
  9. Add the tofu, scallions and red chili peppers. Taste and add the remaining soup sauce if needed. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve with rice.IMG_2446IMG_3482

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