Rest Stop GamJa

휴게소 감자, HyuGyeSo GamJa

In Korea, there are many rest stops along the major highways. The best thing about Korean rest stops is the different kinds of snack foods to try. Rest Stop Gamja is one of the popular rest stop foods. With less than five ingredients, you can make this delicious snack. Potatoes fried in butter with just the right amount of saltiness will make your mouth very happy. Try this someday. 😉

Yield: 2 Servings

Short Korean Lesson

  • HyuGyeSo (휴게소) = Rest Stop
  • GamJa (감자) = Potato

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 10 Baby Potatoes (About 10 oz)
  • 2⅓ Cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • Parsley Leaves for Garnishing (Optional)



Prepare 10 baby potatoes (about 10 oz). If you don’t have baby potatoes, you can cut normal potatoes into baby potato sized pieces.


Peel the potatoes, and keep them in cold water to prevent them from turning brown.


In a pan, add about 2⅓ cup of water, 10 baby potatoes, and 1 tsp of salt. Once the water starts to boil, cook them for about 15 to 20 minutes on high.


Poke the potato with a chopstick or fork to see if it is done. If it goes through smoothly it is done. Drain any leftover water if there is any.


Melt 2 Tbsp of butter in a pan.


Add the cooked potatoes into the heated pan, and fry them on medium-low.


Turn them occasionally so that the potatoes become evenly browned. Once the surface of the potatoes become golden brown, they are done. It is important not to fry them on high, so that they will absorb the butter flavor before burning.


Try one and sprinkle a little bit of salt on them if needed. If you have parsley, you can sprinkle some of that on them for garnishing. They taste best when they are warm and fresh. Enjoy! :)


  1. Lazarini says

    Hi Aeri,
    I’m stopping by to let you know that I made Kimchi with the napa cabbage. The only thing I didn’t like was the wait for it to ferment. I wanted to eat it right away. Result: delicious! Since it was a lot, I just made kimchi fried rice with it as well. Result: delicious once again! Then I made the rest stop GamJa for the whole family. My kids, husband, and I loved them. They are super easy to make and super delicious. Now, it’s part of our cuisine. lol I’m Puertorrican-Italian-American so I’m not sure what our cuisine is like because I can pretty much cook puertorrican cuisine, italian, american, guatemalan, and now Korean cuisine. Anyways, next, I’ll be making fish cakes. Got the recipe from your blog, bought the ingredients but forgot the garlic so I need to take another trip to the grocery store but I got to have some :) Thanks so much for the recipes, details, photos, videos….all!

    • says

      hi Lazarini,
      Nice to meet you. Thanks for trying my recipes. I’m happy you like them. wow, you can cook many different country cuisine. that’s cool ~~ :) Please visit more often . thanks 😀

  2. Sue says

    I tried this as a snack for my husband and daughter, and sadly the potato fell apart in the fry pan. Perhaps it was the type of potato I used? What type of potato works best with this recipe? I used regular small russet potatoes. Maybe I should try red or yukon gold potatoes? 😀

    • YeonJi says

      Yeah, it definitely has to do with the type of potatoes. I was looking up some recipes before, and it said the right type of potato has to be used for texture (as in, one type is better for mashed potatoes while others are better for potato salad -where the potato needs to hold its shape).

      I can’t remember exactly, but I think they said russet potatoes are too starchy (don’t quote me on that ^^;) to hold their shape.

  3. Dennis says

    Hay Aeri Lee.
    It tastes really good. I tried it today and im really glad that i found your website.
    I love korea and the food.

  4. Angela says

    Thanks Aeri for the recipe! Tried this as soon as I saw it posted and it was a hit with my boyfriend! He asked me to make it again so we bought some cute baby potatoes the other day at the grocery store^^ 정말 고마워요 Aeri for so many awesome recipes!

  5. Rebecca says

    Can’t wait to try this! My husband and I live in Korea and we almost always order this when we go to the 휴게소. It’s delicious! Now I will be able to make it. ^^ Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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