November 12, 2010

Potato & Crab Korokke

I've been having what I call, TWS - Traveller's Withdrawal Symptoms. I miss the anticipation and hype of getting to the airport, walking through the brightly lit duty free stores, getting on a plane (and trying to watch every fricken new movie they have to offer), then finally arriving with a buzzing excitement, in a completely new country, where I just want to immerse myself in the people, culture and atmosphere. Every bone in my body aches for it, oh how I love to travel!!

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So, in the midst of my TWS, I decided to replicate a dear favourite.... Korokke (Japanese version of croquettes)!!! The story behind these deep fried golden nuggets of yumminess started last year... I went to visit my gf who was studying in Osaka at the time. I spent a good 3 weeks in Japan and I got so hooked on these little babies! I had to have my fix nearly everyday!! It was great because you could just walk to the nearest Japanese convenient store (which are WAYYY cooler than the convenient stores we have here I must admit) and pick some up, along with all the cool Glico snacks and drinks!!

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I had to share with you all my knife skills.....was thoroughly impressed and surprised with myself hehehe

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Coated potato ovals

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Freshly fried Potato & Crab Korokke

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Potato & Crab Korokke
Adapted from - makes about 30 x 8 cm long oval korokkes

12 medium potatoes
2 x 170 g can crab meat
1 small carrot, finely diced
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 x 125g can of whole corn kernels
salt & pepper to season
vegetable oil for frying
4 eggs - lightly whisked
flour and panko (breadcrumbs) for coating

Peel and cut potatoes into medium chunks. Boil potatoes until soften. Drain and mash potatoes while they are hot.

Add onions, carrot, corn & crab meat to the mash and mix well. Season with salt & pepper.

Scoop a heaped tablespoon of the potato mixture into the palm of your hand and shape into a flat oval shape similar to hashbrowns. Repeat with remaining potato mixture until they are all shaped.

To coat with crumbs:
Pat the shaped potato with flour, then dip into egg then coat with panko.
Tip: To make this process easier and mess free, line up the flour, eggs and panko (in that order) in separate bowls and have a tray ready at the end of this line to put the korokke on.

Once all the potato ovals have been coated, refrigerate over night or place into the freezer until firm. This makes handling easier as they won't fall to bits when you try to pick them up.

Heat the oil in a large wok. The oil is hot enough when you put a little bit of the panko in and it starts to bubble. Once the oil reaches this stage slowly slide in the korokke one by one, don't overcrowd the wok (depending on the size of your wok, you can fry 3-4 at the same time). Don't fiddle too much with the korokke but turn them over once in a while to get an even goldenness. They will be ready when golden all over.

Remove the korokke from the wok and place onto an absorbent paper towel.

Serve with Takoyaki sauce (sort of like a bbq sauce), you can get this from Asian grocery stores or from Tokyo Mart in Northbridge Plaza.

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Enjoy!! ♥


  1. looked nice and tasted great too =)

  2. My partner loves korokke and I've made them quite a few times too. I've also baked them because I don't like deep-frying, and they do come out crispy! :-)

  3. Really adore korokke, it's such yummy food! Tho I tend not to make them too often since I really don't like frying ^^;;

  4. I love the korokke in Tokyo-they did a crazy gorgeous cream one which was so delectably good! :D

  5. I love these Japanese Croquettes!! Yours look pretty!

  6. Ohhh! They look delicious! Just want to take a bite from the pictures. Love the presentation...very nice pictures.

  7. They look so good. And the presentation is awesome.

  8. korokke is sooo good, and I really love your styling :)

  9. I think I have TWS too!! I have only been home for 3 months after a 3 1/2 month holiday and all I can think about is exploring the world once more! There are just too many places to visit with too many things to see and too much great food to try.

  10. i love these!
    there is a place that sells them in chinatown in one of the shopping centres and i always go there to get my fix :O)

  11. Japanese croquettes are amazing! your's look divine! you make me miss Japan :(

  12. I've an award for you. Thanks for sharing your cooking experience with me :D

  13. That is just looking so professional I can eat 10 of those!


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