I miss Germany and Japan terribly so I would like to share the German Fried Potato recipe this week, which I thought was a type of Japanese food even though it was called “Jarman Poteto” in Japanese. The heat wave we are experiencing here in Australia is making me miss Germany and Japan even more!
I actually cooked and photographed this German Fried Potato before I went to visit my daughter who was studying in Germany. This was my way to prepare to visit another country to get used to the food I believed that I would be eating in Germany. I went to a local Japanese grocery shop and bought sausages because the sausages I used to buy in Japan is a little bit different from what it is in Australia. Well, at least the one you can buy from supermarkets are different but if you go to special delis you might find the similar sausage that I buy in Japan. If I could get Hokkaido potato would have been perfect but I am not that fussy and potato here in Australia are beautiful so I got potato from a local market on a weekend.
I flew to Dusseldorf then caught a train to Frankfurt to meet with my friend to visit the famous Christkindlmarkt. It was the most magical place I have ever been with a big Christmas tree all lit up, and lots of food stalls, each beautifully decorated with christmas lights. German people were drinking lots of gluhwein and chatting and laughing, and children were on the beautifully lit up merry-go-round, it was just such a bustling atmosphere, which made me so happy to be there. I thought I would find baumkuchen (german cake) but I did not see baumkuchen anywhere I visited in Germany.
I usually don’t drink alcohol because if I do, my face gets really red around my eyes and I get dizzy after just one drink. But since I am in Germany, I thought I should try German beer. German beer and German fried potato must match well together. I tried the beer (in the photo above) in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. I and my friend stayed in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for two nights and on the second night, we went in what seemed to be a popular and crowded German restaurant because I wanted to eat schnitzel. Because the restaurant was so busy, we shared a table with a lovely family from Dortmund (I think they said they are from Dortmund). The father of the family told us the house beer that he was drinking was really good, so we ordered the house beer. It was recommended by a German so I thought it must be good! I don’t like beer usually but oh my goodness, it was delicious. When I cooked this german fried potato before I visit Germany, I had it with water but with this german house beer, it would definitely taste even better!
The following are some of my travel photos. We drove to Fusen to see the fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein castle. The fastest I have ever driven in a car before was 120km, but on our drive around Germany, we reached 174km per hour!!! It was amazing but it did not feel like we were driving that fast because everyone else was driving way faster! When I woke up the next morning, my friend woke me up by saying ” It makes Shiho very happy, it is snowing”. What!? I jumped out of the bed and open the curtain and see this outside, it was just beautiful, I will never forget.
More photos from my Germany travel, yes I visited the places you often see in Pinterest.
Genießen Bratkartoffeln ! hope you enjoy German fried potato <3
- 50 g Japanese or German sausages
- 300 g potato
- 2 slices of rindless bacon
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp whole grain mustard
- 1 tsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped Parsley to garnish
- Wash the potato well and cut them into small bite size pieces.
- Slice the sausages about 1cm thick and cut the bacon into small pieces too.
- Place the potato and water (just cover the potato) and bring to boil over medium heat. Cook the potato until the potato becomes soft, drain the water.
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat and crush the garlic into the frying pan.
- When the garlic becomes fragrant, add the bacon and sausages into the frying pan. Cook the bacon and sausages till brown.
- Add the cooked potato and mustard to the frying pan. Stir and fry them all together and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve and garnish with Parsley