Do you find that fried food are more delicious during winter? I had this feeling straightaway as I held one of these korokke in my chilly hands. With one bite, I saw a stream of moist steam gashing out. Gosh! I love this feeling because it warmed my face, lip and tummy. Instantly, my brain was telling me that these korokke are going to be oishii, meaning delicious in Japanese. Yes, they are!
My son was jumping with joy when he saw me frying these korokke for dinner. Besides McDonald's, he said that these are one of the best food that he had ever eaten. My eyes rolled instantly... LOL!
What is korokke? In Japanese, it is コロッケ which is a name for deep fried potato patties which means same as croquette. Typically, korokke is made by mixing cooked meat, seafood, or vegetables with mashed potato rolled with flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs and deep-fried until golden brown. It is a versatile recipe allowing us to add any ingredients that we like. Originally, Nami's korokkes from Just One Cookbook are made with beef and I have adapted her recipe to make my humble and homely version of korokkes with chicken and carrot. Instead of deep frying the korokkes, I have shallow-fried mine so that I can use oil with better quality to cook my korokkes without wasting a high amount of the slightly pricey oil.
Here we are... Enjoying moments of steaming our faces with these warm korokee...
|Japanese Potato Korokke (Croquette) コロッケ|
|Made with simplest ingredients and yet such beautiful winter warming delicacy...|
|For a mixture of texture, I have used both coliban and désirée potatoes.|
|Sad that my son wasn't around to use his potato-bashing kung fu on these!|
|Cook the vege...|
|and the chicken... Set aside to cool.|
|Meanwhile, make Tonkatsu sauce with these ingredients.|
|For an authentic Japanese taste, this is the bread crumbs that I used.|
|Coat. Dip. Coat. Fried. Coat. Dip. Coat. Fried. I did this for 22 times.|
|Shallow frying - Keep flipping to make sure that all sides are golden brown and crispy!|
|Are you ready to munch and crunch?|
You might ask... No steaming picture of korokke? My apology for not being able to fully illustrate the beauty of eating a hot steaming freshly fried korokke. I tried but the steam kept fogging my lens... Besides, I was too busy munching, can't do anything much... Photo or Korokke? Korokke!!! Obviously! - LOL!
Besides enjoying hot steaming crispy Korokke, we were also enjoying our winter at Mount Buller at last weekend. This is what we did ...
|My boy (in blue) was having fun tobogganing ...|
|Sometimes he fell... Ouch!|
|... but he kept going!|
Enough of my wintery talk here... Here are the recipes that are mostly adapted from Just One Cookbook at here and here
To make the korokke base:
1 kg potatoes, peeled and halved (I used a mixture of 5 coliban and 3 désirée potatoes)
2 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp (+ 1 tsp) oil (I used rice bran oil)
1 large onion, diced (about 0.5 cm each dice)
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced (about 0.5 cm each dice)
500g chicken mince (or any minced meat that you like)
1 1/2 tsp cornflour
salt and pepper to season
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cup Panko
Oil for shallow frying
Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce to serve
Cook potatoes in a pot of boiling water until a skewer goes through the potato easily. Turn off the heat. Remove the pot from the heat and drain the water off completely. Set aside the cooked potatoes to cool completely.
Mash the potatoes. Depending on preference, the mash doesn't have to be smooth as the chunky bit might give the korokke extra texture. Stir in milk powder.
In a frying pan, heat 2 tbsp oil oil on medium high heat. Sauté onion until slightly browned and fragrant. Add carrot and cook until they are soft.
Add cornflour and 1 tsp oil into chicken mince. Mix until well incorporated. When the carrot and onion are cooked, add chicken mince. Break the mince constantly with a wooden spoon while cooking. When the chicken is cooked, add salt and pepper to season. Set aside to cool completely.
When both mashed potato and chicken mixture are cooled to room temperature, mix both together until well combined. Note: It is important to cool both mashed potato and chicken mixture to room temperature as hot korokke base may create lots of steam resulting extra moisture and sloppy mixture that will be difficult to shape.
Divide potato mixture into 20-22 portions. Shape the portions into balls. Coat each ball in flour, egg, and lastly, Panko.
To shallow fry, heat oil over medium low heat in a frying pan. Fry korokke in 2-3 batches until each side of korokkes until they are golden brown colour. Do not shallow fry with high heat as it will burn the contact sides too quickly resulting uneven colour. Discard used frying oil if there are burnt bits of panko left in the frying oil and use a new batch of frying oil. Otherwise, the burnt panko will stick on the new batch of korokke... Yucks!
Transfer Korokke to paper towels and let the oil absorbed in the paper. Serve immediately with Tonkatsu Sauce.
Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp sugar
Combine all in a small bowl. Enjoy this with korokke.
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