What is Japanese Potato Croquette (Korokke)?
A Guide to Japanese Potato Croquette (Korokke)
Hello. This is Nozomi from Ten Sushi. A potato croquette is breaded deep-fried mashed potato.
The origin of Japanese etymology for croquette (korokke, コロッケ) is unsure. Some believe it is from the French “croquette” and others claim it is from the Dutch “kroket”. However, most believe croquettes were introduced by the French or the Dutch in 1887. That is the first known culinary writings of Japanese croquettes are from the Meiji period (1868-1912).
Potato croquette is not the only kind of croquette! There are lots of kinds of croquettes.
Such as pumpkin, vegetable, curry, crab, tofu, cream sauce, white sauce, okara, tuna, ground beef croquette, and many more!
You can eat croquette with Tonkatsu sauce or you can add it to another dish like curry or inside a sandwich. Croquette sandwiches are found at many convenience stores and bakeries in Japan.
In Japan, you can buy fresh croquettes easily at any supermarket or at a meat market. At meat markets, ground beef croquettes especially sound good. Street-side meat shops or fry shops are arguably the best places to buy croquettes because they are usually the freshest. It is a special feeling when they hand you a delicious hot fried croquette wrapped in paper.
Croquette is both flavorful and inexpensive. So as street food and a side dish it is very popular. Frozen potato croquette is also sold in some Asian markets in the US. Potato croquette is fairly easy to make as well as long as you do not forget to chill the mashed potato before frying!!
Here at Ten Sushi, we have potato croquettes and they taste good!
What is your favorite flavor of croquette?