Latkes are potato pancakes that are perhaps best known as traditional Hanukkah food. Made with potatoes, onion and matzah or breadcrumbs, these crispy treats symbolize the miracle of Hanukkah because they are fried in oil. Eventually, the Jews revolted and regained control of the Temple.
We love a good classic latkedon't get us wrong. But if we're really honest, the plain potato pancake trotted out each Hanukkah could use a little refresher. So we introduced it to a Chinese scallion pancake.
Because I want latkes duh but also I want Chinese food! Because moo shu and movies are what we do on Christmas, right? And having you try to set me up with your sons.
Like a latke, it gets cooked in oil in a fritter formation. Food historians have linked the rise in popularity of okonomiyaki in Japan to World War II, when rice was more scarce and this recipe offered a filling meal or snack with a wheat-based starch. Throughout Japan there are regional differences and countless variations of okonomiyaki, but the most common form of the dish involves a batter made of flour, a variety of mountain yam, eggs, shredded cabbage, green onion, dashi and often the addition of pork belly.
Scallion latkes with sesame cream or Asian latkes are the carb-bomb-adapted-from-a-Chanukah-tradition you never knew you needed. We used fresh scallions alongside spicy hot sesame oil and tangy rice wine vinegar to add a bit more flavor to our potato pancakes. We then topped them with sesame cream, made by mixing sour cream with sesame oil and soy sauce.
It turned out to be daikon. It has a flavor similar to smaller radishes, but is slightly sweet. Looking for inspiration, I found that daikon is used in a dim sum dish called turnip cake.
Every year, I spend months brainstorming a new kind of latke only to end up making classic potato latkes for Hanukkah. Made well, they are always a clear winner for me over potato alternatives like beet, parsnip, zucchini, sweet potato, etc. The addition of mochi flour makes the latkes lighter in consistency, yet the chewiness it adds makes it incredibly satisfying, even addicting.
Having our annual Hanukkah party with the family and making potato pancakes is a real tradition! I only wish he was still around to celebrate with us :. These potato latkes have an Asian twist of course! The best part, though, is the Asian dipping sauce!
I just got back from making these latkes with year 12 and 13 students at Highgate School, and they produced delicious latkes on Duke of Edinburgh camping stoves, while cooking in the playground. It was a new experience for me, and if it can be done there, it can be done anywhere! The first thing to remember about latkes is that you need to really drain the onion and potato, so press down on the mixture in a colander with a bowl underneath to catch the liquid, or wring it using a clean tea towel.