Shantung Potatoes

For Edith,

I happened to own a copy of Elizabeth Chong’s Beyond Fried Rice, a very old cookbook. For anyone who doesn’t know who is Elizabeth Chong, she is a famous Chinese Chef here in Australia. I think she is quite well-known overseas as well, particularly for the TV show “Tiny Delights”. Anyway, having tried several recipes from Ms. Chong, I simply regard her cookbook as one of my cooking bible in home cooking. The recipes are very reliable and tasty. And what I like the best is that she manages to retain the complex flavours of Chinese Cooking. Some “Modern” Chinese Chefs nowadays have gone a bit too far when simplifying the recipe and procedures… Guess I am a bit too fussy, but I just hate to compromise on flavour!

This potato recipe is one of my favourite so far. It is very simple to make and great as a side dish. Note that Chinese (and a lot of Asian) people eat potato dishes as an accompaniment in the meal. I normally serve this with steam rice and some greens.

SHANTUNG POTATOES


Recipe taken from “Beyond Fried Rice” by Elizabeth Chong

Ingedients

500 gram potatoes

1 hot chilli pepper

1 tablespoon chopped onions

2 tablespoons chopped spring onions

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vinegar

3 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon light soya sauce

Preparation

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into 5 mm scallop slices. Stack the slices and cut into 5 mm julienne strips.

2. Simmer the potatoe shreds in boiling water for 1 min. Drain. Chop the chilli pepper and arrange with the potato shreds and chopped onions on a plate.

Cooking

1. Heat the oil in a wok, swirling around the sides, stir fry the chilli pepper for 10 sec then chopped onions for 30 secs. Lower the heat and remove the chilli pepper and onions with a slotted spoon.

2. Turn up the heat, add potato shreds and stir fry in hoil oil for 2 mins. Add soya sauce, salt, vinegar and spring onions.

3. Reduce heat, and continue to stir fry for another minute. Lift out with skimmer and drain on absorbent paper. Serve on a heated dish.


2 Responses to Shantung Potatoes

  1. Precious Moments says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to type out this. Really appreciate it.

  2. Amrita says:

    your mango souffle looks awesome!!woah!