Korean Potato Salad

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Category: Soups & Salads | Blog URL: http://www.foodista.com/recipe/WCRBFB24/korean-potato-salad

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


5 mediums large russet potatoes (or 8 to 10 reds)
1 Gala apple (finely diced)
1 Korean pear (finely diced)
1 stalk celery (finely diced)
1/2 teaspoon salt (3ml)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (3 ml)
toasted sesame seeds to garnish (optional)
2 cups mayonnaise (236 ml) (if you use Kewpie mayonnaise, added sug
1 teaspoon pepper (5 ml)


Wash the potatoes then peel and rinse in cold water.
Cut into about 1 inch by 1 inch cubes (2.5 cm squared) and rinse again.
Bring a large pot of water to a full boil, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and the cubed potatoes
Boil until semi tender (Korean chop stick or fork passes through with slight resistance). This will take 8-15 minutes.
Drain and let cool after you’ve sprinkled them with your white pepper.
While the potatoes are cooking, clean the apples and Korean pear, then cut into about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch pieces (1.25 cm squared) and add to bowl. Toss until well mixed.
In a medium mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise, pepper and sugar (optional) then mix well.
Add dressing to potato mix and stir until well mixed. If desired garnish with toasted sesame seed.
Chill and serve cold or at room temperature.




Yannie Cruz's picture

That looks so tasty!!!


This style of Kamja Salad, which uses a mayonnaise-based sauce, is not native to Korea at all. This style of potato salad originated in Northern Germany and was brought to the United States by German immigrants. Since most Americans are of German ancestry, (at least according to the US Census) this style of potato salad is quite common throughout the USA.
So far as I can tell, Koreans did not eat this style of potato salad prior to the Korean War. I believe it’s one of Koreas first “fusion” recipes before the idea “fusion cooking” became fashionable. It is a Korean adaptation of one of America’s most popular side dishes.

If you want to watch this in action, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHkFPJnSvV8 . If you want to learn about the "behind the scenes", go to http://koreanforniancooking.blogspot.com/2009/09/inspiration-for-korean-potato-salad.html .


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Friday, December 4, 2009 - 12:10am

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