Everywhere around the world, potato salad is made differently. Japanese potato salad (ポテトサラダ – poteto sarada – pol teh tol sah dah dah [say it very quickly]) consists of partially mashed potato, carrot, cucumber, ham, onion, and hard-boiled egg. It is seasoned with mayonnaise, rice vinegar, salt, and pepper. I love the flavors, colors, and textures of the salad. Please try out this delicious side dish!
Adapted from Cooking with Dog, the best cooking channel on YouTube!
Supposed to serve 6… but it depends how much you will eat!
Put 2 eggs in a pot, cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat. Cover and set aside 10 minutes. Meanwhile, you can prepare potato and carrot.
400 grams potato, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
100 grams carrot, peel if you want, and slice 4 mm thick. If you live in Japan, do quarter moons. If you live in USA, do quarter, half, or full moons depending on diameter of carrot.
Put potato and carrot into a pot of water that covers. Add some salt, bring to a boil, and cook until potato is soft. Drain very well in a mesh strainer and add to a bowl.
After 10 minutes of soaking eggs in boiling water, transfer to ice water and let cool.
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp Japanese rice vinegar
Add seasonings to the potato and carrot and mix with a flexible spatula when still hot.
150 grams Japanese or Persian cucumber, slice with mandolin slicer, add to a bowl, sprinkle salt, set aside 10 minutes. Squeeze very well to remove excess water.
100 grams (1/2 onion) onion, sliced very very thinly, sprinkle salt, mix well. Put in a cheesecloth, rub with hands, rinse under water. Squeeze very well to remove water.
60 grams sliced ham, cut 5 mm thick strips. (I skipped ham this time.)
Peel the hard boiled eggs. Cut each in half. Add yolks to the potato bowl, mash them, and mix well. Dice the egg whites.
Add the onion, cucumber, ham, and egg whites to the potato bowl.
4 tbsp mayonnaise (measure with your eyes :))
more white pepper to taste
Add the seasonings. Mix well with a flexible spatula.
Time to serve! Place on a slice of bread and eat as an open-faced sandwich or a regular sandwich. You can also serve as a bento side dish, or as a side dish in a regular meal. Enjoy!