I must have been so used to the way how Japanese make their potato salad, I haven’t tried making others for a while. How do you like your potato salad to be done? In crunchy chunks, the smooth fluffy mashed ones or something in between? Japanese potato salad, poteto-sarada ポテトサラダ is that something in between – slightly dense but smooth and creamy.
“昔ながらのお母さんのおかず” – our mother’s old-fashioned side dish. Kinpira Gobo 金平ごぼう is definitely one of them. This traditional yet simple recipe is passed down by mothers from generation to generation. Japanese children are, of course, no stranger to it, they grew up eating Kinpira and I hope my kids too. One main ingredient used is Gobo ごぼう, also known as burdock root. This rugged-looking long stem obviously doesn’t look appealing in any way, but it is a hidden gem with many great nutrients. It has excellent anti-aging power and helps to improve allergy problems.
Never belittles these “black little thingy”. Yes, black little thingy – my children would call whenever they see them on the dinning table. Indeed to children, “black food” aren’t very inviting, especially picky eaters like mine. Hijiki 芽ひじき is actually seaweed which is well-known for its good nutrients. They are rich in fibre and other essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium.