17 (Sat) August 2013
-Oksu, Seongdong, Seoul, Republic of Korea-
with the Family
Salada is a Japanese dish. Essentially the same thing as American-style potato salad, both consisting primarily of mashed potatoes and mayo, but the Japanese version includes more components (e.g., pasta, cucumber, carrot, corn, egg, ham, apple (ugh)), but less spices (e.g., dill, parsley, thyme). In Korea, the item is so ubiquitous as a side dish, usually in cheap mainstream restaurants, that it’s hardly recognized as being Japanese in origin.
On a last minute whim, I gave it an improvised stab, from memory, no recipe. For some reason, I didn’t think to mash the potatoes and just diced them. Without the mash to act as a binding agent, everything kinda played around on their own. It all tasted okay, I guess.
As IZ (17 months) can now eat just about anything, insofar as his four teeth will allow him, I’ve been playing around to develop nutritious easy-to-handle dishes that he’ll enjoy. Tonight was expressly in that vein. I must’ve done the same thing for DJ way back when, before the blog, but I can’t recall anything in particular.
(For more details about the food, see WHAT)
(For more details about the venue, see WHERE IN KOREA)