Use of White Potatoes in Traditional East Asian Cooking?
- opinionatedchef Sep 20, 2011 10:16 PM
I first heard of potatoes being eaten in China from a plant explorer who was in western china and watched the local workers eat PLAIN (no soy sauce, nada) roasted potatoes for lunch/ dinner. Since then, i have eaten a super duper popular Korean noodle dish,
<Jajangmyun- homemade noodles topped with a black bean sauce with chopped pork, potatoes, onions and zucchini >
that often contains cubes of potato.
Anyone know of other occurrences of potatoes being eaten in traditional Eastern Asian cuisines(not Indian)?
I am not talking about taro or sweet potatoes; I am talking about white potatoes. I bet I'm going to learn about a lot of new things here; Thanks for your info!
To add to BigSal's list, potatoes are also used in miso soup (there was a recent Facebook survey on this topic on FB Japan), and you can't rule out potato salad, which is a standard teishoku-ya and homestyle dish. I would imagine the same in Korea. Potato gratins are also pretty much a standard yoshoku dish. Being in Japan, potatoes are pretty much a staple ingredient in the pantry. I've also had steamed potatoes (preferably recently harvested) served either with a miso sauce, or butter-soy sauce (a Hokkaido standard).
And concurring with Kerosundae, I immediately thought of the crunchy julienned vinegared potato dish and its many variations. I usually find these at Sichuan places.
potatoes with pork, green beans and mung bean noodles.
sauteed julienned potatoes, sticky (juliennes not washed before cooking, seasoned with soy sauce) usually with chives.
sauteed julienned potatoes, crunchy (juliennes washed many times before cooking, seasoned with vinegar early in cooking to get the crunch). usually with chives.
roasted potatoes in charcoal: my favorite. when charcoal or rocks are done burning, mostly grey on the outside but still red inside, bury potatoes in the charcoal or rocks and cook for the next hour or 2, kind of the same way as pachamanca. There is absolutely other way to get potatoes to taste like that. This is not a part of modern home cooking, since nobody has access to a fire pit in their apartment; when people lived in houses with the stove as a part of the bed, people made this all the time.
strips of potatoes in soups.
steamed potatoes eaten with soybean paste (dajiang) or a sauce made with soybean paste, eggs and ground meat. here, the steamed potatoes would be one of the many things around the table (lettuce, green onions, tofu...) to be eaten with this sauce
1. potatoes cut into small cubes, starch washed off, and sauteed then steamed briefly with chicken or pork or beef
2. potatoes cut into larger wedges and braised in soy sauce with chicken or pork or beef
Yes, I would always enjoy a vegetarian "Curry Soup" at Buddha's Delight in Boston/Brookline which contained chunks of white potatoes, yams, onions, gluten, vermicelli style noodles, coconut milk and curry powder. Warm, spicy, filling... I see that other versions with chicken are on the web.
To add to Korean cuisine:
I've seen julienned and very quickly stir fried potato with a little bit of sesame oil and salt as a banchan or cubed and tossed with a sweet soy sauce.
Potatoes are often added to kimchi chigae and daengjang. I also love it in dak dori tang with chicken and carrots.
When I was little my grandmother used to roast potatoes as a snack and serve them to my sister and I with salt and pepper - although sweet potatoes are more popular this way (no salt and pepper).
All typical Chinese preparations:
Cold marinaded potatoes (usu. in matchstick form)
Cubed and in braises
In soup (e.g. oxtail)
Julienned and stir-fried
Koreans love potatoes, just ask my family.
Dishes that include (white) potatoes include:
1. Stews such as
a) Gamjatang (which literally means "potato stew")
b) Sujebi (flour dumpling soup)
c) Dakdoritang ("spicy chicken stew")
2. Rice dishes such as
a) Omurice, a Japanese/Korean fast-food dish, which is omelettes stuffed with fried rice and served with ketchup.
b) Fried rice, depending on the recipe
3. Meat dishes such as
a) Galbijim (rib roast)
b) Dakjim (chicken roast)
4. Noodle dishes such as
a) Kalkuksu ("knife-cut noodle" soup)
b) Jajangmyun (the supposedly Chinese-style black bean sauce noodle dish listed by the OP)
c) Japchae, the staple Korean celebration dish, which is made of potato starch noodles
5. Pancake appetizers such as
a) Gamja Buchimgae
There is also a dessert dish, which is this sweet-glazed roasted potatoes, that I have sometimes seen in food carts on the streets of Seoul. Forgot the name though.
Hope this helps!
omg @ gamjatang and sujebi. I LOVEEEE sujebi, it's the doughier version of kalgooksu.
I used to make a terrible version of sujaebi when I was around 18 years old. I'd open a packet of beef dashida (all you taste is salt), add potatoes, mix flour with water to form and dough, then drop the pulled sheets of dough in the water. Worst thing ever, but I absolutely loved it at the time.