Spicy Pork Bone Soup, Gam Ja Tang

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prep time: 
15 min
inactive time: 
60 min
cooking time: 
45 min
total time: 
120 min

A delicious, spicy, rich and tasty soup to warm you up on a cold winter day!

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tags: main dish/entrée, soup, beef/pork, boil, hot(spiciness)


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Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
-The amount of salt may vary because the soup will reduce at a different rate depending on your heat source, pot, ingredients etc. Always taste your food when seasoning.
-Rinsed kimchi or blanched Korean cabbage can be a nice addition but not necessary.

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1. Soak pork bones and boil quickly

Soak pork bones in cold water for 1 hour and rinse. Place the bones in a large pot and add enough cold water so that the bones are submerged in the water. Bring it to boil. Throw away the water and wash the bones thoroughly in running water.

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Soak pork bones

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Bring to boil in water

Wash bones thoroughly

2. Prepare potatoes

Peel, wash potatoes and cut into quarters. In a separate pot, boil potatoes in water with a pinch of salt. When potatoes are fully cooked, drain all the water and leave them on the side.

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Peel, wash, cut

  • 4 potatoes
  • in quarters

Boil High Heat image: highheat.png image: clock.png 20 min


3. Prepare vegetables

Peel and slice 3 onions. Mince garlic and ginger to yield 2 tablespoons each. Wash and cut 2 green onions into 1” length. Chop 1 green onion finely for garnish.

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  • 3 onions

Mince garlic, ginger

Wash, cut

  • 2 green onions
  • 1 inch


  • 1 green onion

4. Boil bones

In a large pot, place the pre-boiled and rinsed pork bones and add 11 cups of cold water. Bring it to boil with a lid. Remove foam forming on top.

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In a pot, add

  • pre-cooked pork bones
  • 11 cups cold water

Bring to boil with lid

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Remove foam

5. Season

Add 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of minced ginger, 6 tablespoons of red chili pepper flakes (4 tbs for medium spiciness), 1 tablespoon of soy bean paste, sliced onions, 1”-length green onions, 2 teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. *(OPTIONAL) Add 200g of rinsed kimchi or blanched Korean baby cabbage if you like. Tear it the long way to form long thin strips.

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  • 2 tbs chopped garlic
  • 2 tbs chopped ginger
  • 6 tbs gochugaru

(4 tbs for medium spiciness)

  • 1 tbs soybean paste
  • sliced onions
  • 1”-length green onions
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 200g rinsed kimchi (optional)

6. Boil

Keep boiling with a lid for another 10 minutes on HIGH heat.

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Boil with lid

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7. Reduce heat

Reduce the heat to MEDIUM and boil with lid for 10 minutes. Then, reduce again to low heat and boil with lid for another 20 minutes. Taste your soup and season (add salt or water depending on how salty it is.)

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Boil with lid

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Boil with lid

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Season if necessary

8. Add potatoes

Add the cooked potatoes in the soup. Don’t stir it too much. Potatoes will break down. Boil with lid for 5 min.

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Add potatoes

Boil with lid

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9. Serve & Enjoy!

Serve in a bowl. Top with chopped green onions. If you are using a stone bowl, cook the soup in a stone bowl for 5 min for the stone bowl to stay hot during the meal.

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Top with

  • chopped green onions


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JungsukO'Sullivan's picture

I like your after show more.

I like your after show more. LoL.
DragonMSTR's picture

Very easy to follow

Very easy to follow directions. Gam Ja Tang has been one of my favourite meals at my local Korean restaurant, and it has always felt like home cooking whenever I ordered it. Now it is! Full of flavour, easy to make. I love it, thank you!
Grace's picture

HI DragonMATR, Thank you for

HI DragonMATR, Thank you for the message. We're glad you can enjoy gamjatang at home too! Happy cooking!
zada11's picture

Made this last night , my

Made this last night , my family LOVED it thank you
Grace's picture

That's great! We're so happy.

That's great! We're so happy. Would love to see some photos on our FB page if possible. Happy cooking!