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Creamy Japanese Potato Salad

01/02/2016 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

Potato Salad has always been the ultimate side dish but now it’s time for a flavour makeover. Perfect for a BBQ or when you just need a big bowl of comfort food, this homestyle Japanese Potato Salad with egg and bacon is easy to make and ready to take centre stage.

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

Woo it’s the 1st of February guys, do you know what this meeeeans!?

It means we are heading home THIS MONTH. So many mixed emotions right now. To combat our rather perplexed reaction to this news we decided to do what we do best:

Cook up a storm with good music and happy feels. (Hello Hottest 100 Countdown).

And then this little recipe popped up.

We have loved this Japanese Potato Salad from the very first time we visited Japan.

In fact, before we even arrived Sarah raved and raved about how good it was and how I really, really, REALLY needed to try it.

I thought to myself, pshh. Seriously?

It’s tater salad. How good can it be?

Well let me tell you:

Kitty thinks it’s good… (One of the locals checkin’ out the haps)

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

And I think it’s dammmmmmmmnnn good.

It may look humble but this stellar mix of mashed potato, crunchy cucumber, carrot, bacon and squiggles of Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise IS that good and you NEED to make some right now.

(Eating the whole lot straight out of the bowl with chopsticks is entirely optional)

It’s the fluffiest, lightest, mash-with-a-fork-and-mix-everything-in potato salad that’s full of flavour and 100% NOT a soggy, gluggy mess like plain old boring mashed potato.

Aaaannnnd it’s mixed with Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise, which is at a whoooole other level on the flavour scale and is, in our opinion, far tastier than that whole-egg stuff everyone raves about back home. (Pick it up at any Asian grocery or the Asian aisle in your local supermarket)

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

Today was literally the perfect day for a cook sesh. It was cold and windy and horrible and soooooo so tempting to wear this weird Japanese blanket in our room as a comfy robe all day.

(The thing has arms guys. It’s like a snuggie only thicker and less stylish, if that’s even possible.)

But of course we had to brave the cold grey weather at some point to pick up our fresh ingredients from a nearby Japanese market.

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

Then it was straight back inside to chop and boil and dodge around each other in this tiny one-burner kitchen.

Once our fluffy little salad was ready for the munch we jumped outside once more to take a few snaps.

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

As it turns out, Kitty wasn’t the only local interested in what we were up to . That “quiet” little laneway behind our apartment turned into a busy little thoroughfare as soon as we set ourselves up.

Seriously though, we must have looked quite strange with our little bowl of fluff set out on the street.

But I didn’t care.

One bite, and it was all totally worth it.

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

We can pretty much guarantee you’ll enjoy this Creamy Japanese Potato Salad whether you’re surrounded by friends at an Aussie BBQ or snuggled up under tremendously un-stylish blankets in a tiny Japanese apartment.

Now it’s time to whip up your own little mashy bowl of goodness – no matter what crazy things the weather it up to, or what crazy looks you get!

Are you a tater lover? You should probably check out this Belgian Stoemp from Brussels. With cream, radish and… beer!?

P.S. You may have noticed a slight change in our photography style today. We’re going for a new look and would love, love, LOVE your feedback. We want to show you a sense of place with our photos, the origin surrounding the dish and to make it look damn delicious of course!

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad

Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes washed, peeled and diced
  • 2 slices middle rasher bacon diced
  • 1 small cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 egg boiled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Kewpie mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  • Bring the potato pieces to the boil in a large saucepan and cook until tender. Remove from the heat and drain, then return to the stove and continue to heat until all the liquid has evaporated. Remove once again and set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, place the cucumber slices in a bowl and liberally sprinkle with salt. (This will extract the liquid, leaving the cucumber nice and crunchy). After 5 – 10 minutes, rinse the cucumber then squeeze gently to remove all the water. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a frypan over medium high heat, then add the bacon and fry until cooked. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Place the potato in a mixing bowl and mash gently with a fork to retain texture.
  • Add the cucumber and bacon (set aside a few pieces to garnish) and stir through the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add kewpie until you reach desired texture and flavour (around 4 - 6 tbsp).
  • Add the egg slices and continue to mix gently so they don’t break apart too much.
  • Garnish with bacon pieces and serve immediately.

Notes

You can make this salad ahead of time, just be sure to store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The flavour is best when eaten immediately, or max within a few hours.
Hey hey – Did you make this recipe?We’d love it if you could give a star rating below ★★★★★ and show us your creations on Instagram! Snap a pic and tag @wandercooks / #Wandercooks
Creamy Japanese Potato Salad - An authentic, easy home style Japanese recipe with egg and mashed potato goodness. It's the best side dish for a barbeque or dinner.

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15 Comments

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    Bacon and Egg Galettes - It's Not Complicated Recipes
    28/08/2019 at 2:41 pm

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  • Reply
    Shihoko
    11/02/2016 at 10:16 pm

    Yeah! Kewpie Japanese Mayo is the best Mayo ever!!! I use it for almost every cooking I do, such as for tempura, katsu, okonomiyaki, and even pancake! and of course, Potato salad too:D

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/02/2016 at 12:04 am

      It is literally the best invention to ever come out of Japan. Haha 😛

  • Reply
    Felesha
    11/02/2016 at 2:49 pm

    I love a great potato salad and bacon certainly makes everything better! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      12/02/2016 at 12:01 am

      Bacon just makes everything better haha, but potato salad most especially! Hope you enjoy Felesha!

  • Reply
    Just Jo
    10/02/2016 at 11:16 pm

    Nom nom nom that looks delish! I could eat the whole bowl 😉 I really love the style of photography you’ve got going on – very hip and stylish. Beautiful. 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      10/02/2016 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks! That means a lot 😀 as for the whole bowl…yeh that didn’t last 5 minutes between us after the shoot. We’d even made a second batch. :O

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    10/02/2016 at 6:14 pm

    I LOVE potato salad – I definitely have to try out this version! Fab photography too!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/02/2016 at 12:00 am

      Thanks so much Elizabeth, amazing message to get a notification for 😀 Also. we’re totally with you – Potato Salad is AMAZING. It’s amazing how different this one is with the Kewpie Mayonnaise – looking forward to seeing what you think of the difference.

  • Reply
    Dana
    10/02/2016 at 3:10 pm

    This sounds really good! I love unique spins on classics. I’m definitely going to give this a whirl!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/02/2016 at 12:04 am

      Yes! It’s good to be able to whip up something slightly different to bring to the table and shake things up a bit.

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    10/02/2016 at 2:32 pm

    I love salad and this looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      11/02/2016 at 12:33 am

      No worries, glad you enjoyed 😀

  • Reply
    Martin @ The Why Chef
    02/02/2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve been looking to make my own mayo recently, and this is the perfect excuse as our stores don’t seem to have kewpie mayo! Plus I do love a good potato salad.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      03/02/2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hey, that would be cool – let us know your recipe if you do whip up a batch and we’ll add a link here in case anyone else has the same issue. 🙂

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