Getting ready for the New Year count down!!
Making an easy & delicious Mentaiko potato salad that is loved by adults & kids!!
I remembered I first tried Mentaiko potato salad at a local Izakaya - called Totoya. It was a friend's family business. It was always busy with afterwork businessmen enjoying a cool glass of beer on a hot Summer day. I always love the food there with fresh grills, sushi boat and various authentic Japanese dishes.
It was a place reserved for special occasions. I also remembered that I had my first graduation dinner there, too!! The gigantic sushi boat was a wow, but it was their pink Mentaiko salad served like a gelato in a cup that always linger on. From that point on, Mentai Potato Salad is reserved for celebratory occasions!
I know, it's just a simple salad, you can have at anytime, but it has a special spot in my heart ever since Totoya ceased trading :(
Tonight - it's definitely called for a special occasion! To welcome the new year ahead with my special Mentai Potato Salad!
(c) GMV - Got My Vote!!
It has none of the fishiness taste and something you can't get out of your head - taste it once, you will be hooked ~
- Washed Potatoes x 6 peeled & cubed
- Carrots x 6 peeled & cubed
- Eggs x 2
- Boneless Leg Ham @ $25.98/kg x 3 slices
- Frozen Peas 2 cups
- Mentaiko x 2 pieces
- Kewpie Japanese Mayonnaise
- Salt & Pepper
1. Hard boil eggs in salted water, peel and set aside.
2. Boil potato and carrot cubes until they are soft. Add peas in the last 5 minutes.
3. Let them cool down.
4. Remove Mentaiko from skin.
5. After the potatoes are cool, add Mentaiko, chopped boil eggs, ham slices and Kewpie mayonnaise and mix well.
The legendary Mentai potato salad is ready! Guarantee to jazz up the New Year dinner party ~~
This salad goes well with sake, beers on its own too!
The processed version is also good as dip on crackers!!! Except they went quite quick before I can find a packet of crackers!!
It's not as pink as I remembered - and I think Totoya use Mentaiko sauce to achieve that grapefruit colouring!
A really really good salad on a hot Summer day!!!