Potato salad is a dish made from boiled potatoes, the versions of which vary throughout different regions and countries of the world. Japan has its own Potato salad, too. Japanese Potato Salad is similar to American’s; semi-smashed boiled potatoes mixed with mayonnaise. The biggest difference is in the mayonnaise. You have to use Kewpie (Japanese) mayonnaise. That is the key ingredient. Japanese mayonnaise tastes richer, more tangy and salty. It is very different from American mayonnaise. American’s is not bad, it’s just different.
Japanese Potato Salad contains a lot of vegetables. The most traditional ingredients are sliced cucumbers, carrots, onion, ham etc… The potato is almost like a bond for connecting the other veggies. My Granma’s potato salad is like the above, and I loved it. However, my husband dislikes cucumber and carrot so I’ve never cooked this recipe since we got married.
Recently, I tried to cook potato salad with celery instead of cucumber, and very finely chopped carrot for him. It was a great success!! He loved the new version. Since then this salad has been one of my heavy rotation side dishes.
Japanese potato salad
By Natsuko Kure • November 28th, 2013
1 1/2 TBSP. rice vinegar*
1/2 TBSP. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 pinch for celery
3 TBSP. Kewpie Mayonnaise**
1 stalk celery
2 slices of your favorite ham
2 TBSP. carrot,finely chopped
1 TBSP. Parsley, finely chopped
White pepper to taste
1. Rinse potato in running water. Put into microwave safe glass container, keeping wet. Cover with lid or plastic wrap (microwave safe), and heat in microwave for 7-8 min. Peel the skin using paper towels while the potato is still warm.
２．In a medium bowl add potato, and gently smash with masher or fork making sure you leave some chunks. Add sugar, salt, and vinegar, stirring. Last, add and stir kewpie Mayonnaise, and let it cool to room temperature.
３．Meanwhile cut veggies
Peel and thinly slice celery. Salt the celery to dehydrate. Set aside for 5min. Dice ham into 1/2 inch slices.
4. Squeeze the water out of celery, and add to the potato bowl. Add the rest of veggies and ham, stirring. Season with pepper.
*You can use white wine vinegar instead.
** Kewpie Mayonnaise is the most popular Japanese mayonnaise brand. It
is available in the Asian food aisle of most grocery stores and on amazon.com.