Jagaimo Mochi: Japanese Potato Pancakes
I love potato chips, but sometimes I find them too salty and oily, so they fail to satisfy. Jagaimo-mochi is a good alternative at times like that, a snack for when you’re a bit hungry and want something salty.
At heart, jagaimo mochi is an oyatsu – a mid-afternoon snack – the kind of thing moms make to welcome their hungry kids home from school, and so it’s tied to all kinds of childhood memories for me. But the recipe also works well as a light meal, or as a tasty grown-up nibble with beers.
At the end of the day, jagaimo mochi are potato pancakes, but not as you know them!
- Potatoes – four mid-sized ones
- Potato Starch – three tablespoons
- Milk – three tablespoons
- Salt – a pinch
- Mirin – one tablespoon
- Soy sauce – one tablespoon
- Cooking oil – one table spoon – alternatively, use butter
- Sushi-nori (Yaki-nori) or flavored-nori seaweed (Optional)
- Peel the potatoes, cut them into small chunks
- Place in a small pan and add just enough water to cover them, add a bit of salt, bring to a boil, and cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
- Drain the water, keeping the potatoes in the pot. Return to low heat and continue cooking, shaking the pot back and forward to help the potatoes crumble and steam off the remaining water.
- Place potatoes in a bowl, purée them roughly with a fork.
- Add potato starch, a bit of salt, and milk. Mix well.
- Divide the mixture into 8 slices.
- With your hands, make each of the mixture sections into a ball, then flatten into a pancake shape
- In a separate container, mix soy sauce and Mirin
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium heat. (Butter would work too.)
- Fry the pancakes on each side for a few minutes, until they are nicely browned.
- Add soy sauce – mirin mixture. Shake the pan to distribute the sauce. Flip the pancakes so you get sauce on both sides.
You could serve them like this, but for that extra touch:
Wrap with a sheet of sushi-nori or flavored-nori seaweed.
This is a snack: it’s ok to eat them with your hands!
If you use nori, you won’t get your hands dirty.