1. In a bowl, add garlic, ginger, grated pork and ingredient A. Mix well to combine. Set aside.
2. Drain the topinambour and gently pat them dry with a paper towel. On a slice of topinambour, place about 1 tbsp filling from #1 and spread. Cover with another slice of topinambour on top and press down to make a sandwich.
3. Combine 2 eggs with milk. Coat the lotus roots 'sandwich' with katakuriko/potato starch thinly. Dip it in egg mixture, and finally coat it thoroughly with Panko (bread crumbs).
4. Put a tiny amount of panko in the hot oil to check if it is ready. If it sizzles, it's ready! (or stick a chopstick in the oil and see if bubbles start to appear around the chopstick). Remove excess panko from your 'sandwiches' and press them gently. Fry them both sides until browned.
1. Boil potatoes in a pot until they are tender and mash them until no lumps remain. Set aside.
2. In a frying-pan, heat 1 tbsp oil and cook onions and carrots for about 3 minutes. Then add ground beef and stir-fry until no longer pink. Add the ingredient A to season, cook for a few minutes. Leave it to cool.
3. In a bowl, add mashed potatoes and ground beef mixture. Mix well. Add pepper and salt to taste.
4. Scoop some of the mixture and shape into a circular patty and place on a plate. Coat with flour, then egg, and panko/bread crumbs.
5. Gently place the potato croquette in the oil. For the first 1~2min, don’t touch them as they are soft and would break up easily. Turn them and deep-fry until all sides are light brown and crispy.
6. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
1. In a small frying-pan, heat 1 tbsp sesame oil and cook zha cai until fragrant. Set aside.
2. Wrap the tofu with 2 layers of paper towels and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for about 2~3min at 600W. Let it cool to room temperature. Then crush it into tiny pieces, using your hands. Set aside.
3. In a bowl, add the crumbled tofu, all the ingredient A and zha cai (from No.1). Mix together well.
4. Moisten your hands and take a handful of the croquette mixture, then shape it into round (about 3 cm diam). Coat all around with panko/bread crumbles or plain flour. Repeat this process until you use all the mixture.
5. Deep-fry the tofu meatballs, turning them occasionally until all sides are light brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.
6. In a small bowl, add all the sauce ingredients and mix. In a frying-pan, add the sauce and place meatballs and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally for about a few minutes to evenly coat.
1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 15~20min or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain well.
2. Transfer potatoes in a bowl and mash the potatoes until creamy with a potato masher or fork. Set aside.
3. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the garlic until fragrant. Add onion and cook until soft. Add the ground beef until no longer pink, then add the ingredient "A" to season. Turn the heat to high and pour the dissolved katakuriko/potato starch to thicken the sauce.
4. Add the beef mixture from #3 to the potatoes in the large bowl from #2. Add the ingredient "B" and mix well.
5. Form the mixture into ball shapes and flatten them. Prepare flour, egg and panko/breadcrumbs in individual plates or bowls. Coat each croquette with flour, egg, then panko/breadcrumbs.
6a. If you want to deep-fry heat enough oil in a deep fry pan over medium heat. Deep-fry the croquette until nicely golden brown for both side (as they are already cooked, no need to overfly them).
6b. If you want to just fry heat about 3 tbsp vegetable oil in a skillet, and gently place the croquettes and cook until they are nicely brown for both side.