This is a childhood snack that I used to love munching on while watching the telly, so I set out to recreate it. If I may be so bold to say so, it tastes just like Saturday morning cartoons!
Ingredients (makes 80 4cm-wide x 1cm-thick patties):
5 large potatoes, peeled
2 shallots, minced finely
300 gm minced pork belly
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup flavoured oil (I used a bacon rendering-infused chicken fat for maximum oomph)
2 tbsp salt
4 tbsp light soy
1 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp flour
Dash of pepper
1) Boil potatoes in salted water until soft throughout, about 10 minutes.
2) In the meantime, saute shallots in 2 tbsp flavoured oil until fragrant, about 1 minute.
3) Add minced pork and fry till cooked through, breaking it up in the process, about 3 minutes.
4) Drain and mash potatoes.
5) Add minced pork and stir through.
6) Add seasoning and whip evenly.
7) Place in an assembly line, the plain flour on a wide plate, followed by the eggs in a bowl, and lastly, the breadcrumbs in a wide plate. Roll 1 tbsp-heapful of potato mixture into a ball, coat it in a thin layer of flour, then a quick dip in the egg, and flatten slightly in the breadcrumbs. Saute in pre-heated pan with 3 tbsp flavoured oil until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.
8) Drain on paper towels before serving.