Mock Salmon

The first dish I remember learning how to cook was not, as you might suspect, scones or chocolate crackles; it was Mock Fish. Elsewhere this is called potato pancakes or Latkes, but now in vegetarian recipe sites, that Australian name is making a come-back.

This improvised version is more sophisticated, due to the addition of carrots (so _three_ ingredients), and the color suggested the new name.


Degree of difficulty 2; some pan flipping required.

  1. Grate a carrot.
  2. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a small bowl, say 500ml (2 cups); this is to avoid browning by oxidation of the potato.
  3. Grate a potato (I used a red one, skin and all) into the bowl, stirring to coat the potato shreds with lemon juice.
  4. Add a pinch of salt [optional].
  5. Beat two eggs.
  6. Stir everything together.
  7. Choose a frying pan with a nice smooth surface, like a good new stainless steel one I used. (Or a plastic-coated one if you are into that.) It should also have low, wide edge or be oversized, for spatula access.
  8. Heat a little oil or butter to moderately high, and then add the stuff, and spread it to a uniform thickness of about 5mm (1/5 in).
  9. Fairly soon, start lifting the edges with a spatula, working towards it being fully released,, so that you can slide it around.
  10. After a couple of minutes, flip it to the other side. Warning: spatula turning will probably not work, as the mixture is too chunky to hold together solidly like a flour pancake does.
  11. Reduce heat a bit and cook for a few more minutes, and again work on releasing it.
  12. Serve by sliding onto a plate: the side cooked first looks prettier, so to flip onto a plate, you need to do one more pan flip first.

Recommended beverage pairing: Gen-Mai Cha tea.

The toasted rice taste goes nicely with the slight crunchy bits on the bottom.

Health Warning

There will probably be some wonderful crunchy bits left on the pan; do not under any circumstances eat these little delicacies, as I am told they might not be so healthy.





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