Tim Anderson’s Japanese potato recipes for Bonfire Night

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Potatoes of each shapes, sizes and colours – collectively called imo successful Japanese – diagnostic prominently successful the country’s cuisine. There are naga-imo, long, airy yams that are eaten earthy oregon grated into a sticky wide to beryllium slurped up with udon; sato-imo, oregon eddoes, which go deliciously fudgy and affluent erstwhile simmered successful dashi; murasaki-imo, striking purple saccharine potatoes commonly utilized successful sweets; and, of course, jaga-imo, oregon what we cognize simply arsenic potatoes. These are sometimes baked, yes, but ovens are uncommon successful Japanese location kitchens, truthful potatoes are often cooked successful much originative (and frankly much delicious) ways, taking connected a relation much similar a rootlike broadside than the designated carb. (Rice volition ever reign ultimate successful Japan, aft all.)

Baked potatoes with food and salmon roe

A portion ago, my person and chap Japanophile MiMi Aye, the writer of the fantastic Burmese cookbook Mandalay, posted a photograph connected Instagram of 1 of her favourite indulgent comfortableness foods, a baked murphy topped with butter, outpouring onions and copious amounts of salmon roe. Throughout the day, I kept returning to this representation conscionable to marvel astatine it (and drool a bit): it was astatine erstwhile rustic and luxurious, comforting yet exciting. The Ainu, an indigenous taste radical from Hokkaido, marque a akin crockery called chiporo imo, a elemental mentation of mashed murphy studded with pearls of salmon roe and thing else. There is thing truthful satisfying astir the combination, and I emotion however the 2 ingredients equilibrium and complement each other: the small orangish eggs play the bland murphy with their salinity and adhd a lovely, textural “pop”, portion the murphy takes the borderline disconnected the roe’s fishy intensity. I cognize it’s conscionable murphy and food eggs, but there’s thing truly beauteous astir it.

Prep 5 min
Cook 1 hr+
Serves 2-4

2 baking potatoes, washed and dried
1 tsp lipid
2 tsp soy condiment
50g salmon roe
½ tsp mirin
20g food
1 tiny fistful
chives, finely sliced, to garnish

Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/390F/gas 6. Rub the potatoes each implicit with the lipid and fractional the soy sauce, past wrapper them successful room foil and cook for 20 minutes. Turn down the oven to 180C (160C fan)/350F/gas 4 and navigator for different 40 minutes to an hour, until they are brushed passim (test them with a chopstick oregon food knife).

Meanwhile, successful a tiny bowl, premix the remaining soy condiment with the salmon roe and mirin, and enactment successful the fridge to marinate portion the potatoes bake.

Remove the potatoes from the oven, permission to chill slightly, past unwrap and divided unfastened successful ample chunks. Melt the food implicit the potatoes, spoon implicit the salmon roe premix and garnish with the chives.

Cheese dakgalbi

Tim Anderson’s food  dakgalbi.
Tim Anderson’s food dakgalbi.

Cheese dakgalbi is an indulgent Korean crockery that’s incredibly fashionable successful Japan. Its entreaty is self-evident: chickenhearted and vegetables sauteed successful an intoxicatingly tasty chilli sauce, past pushed to the sides of the cookware to marque mode for a water of liquefied cheese. It’s similar Korean barbecue meets fondue, and if that operation doesn’t instantly ringing your bells, past I’m not definite we tin beryllium friends. To crook this into a afloat meal, service with parboiled tteok (Korean atom cakes), oregon plain atom oregon noodles, with a lager oregon soju alongside.

Prep 15 min
Cook 20 min
Serves 2-4

For the sauce
3 tbsp gochujang
2 tbsp sake
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 ail cloves
, peeled and grated
1cm piece caller ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 tsp Korean chilli powder (optional)

2 boned, skin-on chickenhearted thighs, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 tbsp oil
½ tiny saccharine potato
(about 100g), peeled and chopped into 5mm-thick slices
1 tiny carrot, chopped into 5mm-thick slices
1 tiny onion, peeled and finely sliced
½ sweetheart (hispi) cabbage, cored and astir chopped
30g edam oregon akin mild cheese, grated
2 slices processed cheese, torn up
1 outpouring onion, trimmed and finely sliced

In a ample bowl, harvester each the ingredients for the sauce, past flip done the chickenhearted pieces and permission to marinate portion you hole the remainder of the dish.

Set a nonstick oregon well-seasoned cast-iron frying cookware implicit a mean heat, past adhd the oil, saccharine potato, carrot and onion, and saute for astir 5 minutes until the vegetables person softened a spot and browned slightly. Add the cabbage and navigator for different 3 minutes, until it has softened and wilted. Add the chickenhearted and each of the sauce, and cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chickenhearted is cooked done and the condiment has reduced to a nice, heavy glaze.

Push the contents of the cookware disconnected to the sides to marque a good successful the centre, trim the vigor to arsenic debased arsenic possible, past adhd the grated food followed by the processed food connected top. Once the food has melted, garnish with the outpouring onion, past devour consecutive from the cookware by dragging the chickenhearted and vegetables done the molten cheese.

  • Tim Anderson is chef/owner of Nanban, London SW9. Recipes extracted from Your Home Izakaya: Fun and Simple Recipes Inspired by the Drinking-and-Dining Dens of Japan, published by Hardie Grant (£25). To bid a transcript spell to guardianbookshop.com