Asian potato cakes with oriental coleslaw


Asian potato cakes with oriental coleslaw

Serves 4:


1 small sweet potato, about 200g

400g waxy potatoes, cut into chunks

30g good Thai red curry paste

15g mayonnaise

25g plain flour

1 large egg, beaten

100g polenta or coarse cornmeal

For the coleslaw

400g red cabbage, cored and sliced

100g beansprouts

30g wasabi paste (from supermarkets)

1 medium carrot, grated

1 tbsp mild olive oil, plus extra to fry

3 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Juice and zest of 1 lime, plus extra wedges to serve

Good handful chopped fresh coriander


Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6 and bake the sweet potato for 40 minutes, until cooked. Split and scoop out the potato into a bowl, mash and set aside. Discard the potato skins.

Mix the coleslaw ingredients in a large bowl but reserve half the zest and coriander. Season and set aside.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 15 minutes, until tender. Drain, mash and add to the sweet potato with the curry paste, mayonnaise and the rest of the zest and coriander. Season, mix, cover, and chill for 30 minutes.

Mould the mixture into 8 cakes, then coat each in flour, egg and polenta. Fry in batches in a little oil for 3-4 minutes a side, until golden. Serve 2 per person with coleslaw and extra lime wedges.