Try out this Japanese potato salad, and we promise that you will not be disappointed. Unlike the potato salads we know and love in the UK, Japanese potato salad contains other exciting vegetables and proteins (ham, egg, cucumber, carrot), as well as an umami-rich dressing full of Japanese seasonings (the most prominent of which being kewpie mayonnaise). Make this salad for parties, or as a side dish for a bento lunch.
Begin by peeling your potatoes before cutting them into smaller chunks and rinsing with water. Place them in a pan with enough water to just cover the potatoes and boil until they become soft.
Now drain your potatoes and cover them with the dashi making sure it is well spread. Once done, mash the potatoes roughly with a fork, we want the mixture to retain lumps. Put them back to cook on the hob and add the rice or sushi vinegar. This method is better for the potato to absorb the vinegar’s flavour. Just let them cook for one or two minutes while mixing before removing them from the heat and putting in the fridge to cool off.
Let’s take care of the other ingredients now. Peel and cut your carrot and onion before cutting them along with the cucumber into small slices. Chop the boiled eggs roughly and the ham into small pieces; then mix all of your ingredients along with the potato in a bowl with a bit of salt, yummy QP Mayonnaise and optional spicy shichimi togarashi. Garnish with sesame seeds and you’re done.
- Spoon your potato salad between two slices of bread for a nice potato salad sarnie, big in Japan.
- Why not try the salad in a hot dog bun which is also popular in Japan?