Saturday, March 26, 2011

Old World German Hot Potato Salad

Every now and then, each one of us will come upon one of those dish that make us ask, "Where have you been all my life?"

The Hot German Potato Salad is one of those dish that had me asking the question. The first time I had the traditional hot German potato salad was at our family's friend, Angela's house. Angela's mother, Irma, is German and she brought with her the family's recipe for the to-die-for German Hot Potato Salad from the old world. Ever since I have had Irma's Hot German Potato Salad, there is no other potato salad that I will eat.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with the mayo-laden potato salad. They are good in its mayo-induced savory way. However, if you ever taste this hot potato salad, the flavor and lightness of the potato salad will make you a convert. Absolutely love Irma's tangy and light potato salad. Give it a try! You will definitely fall in love with it.

Old World German Hot Potato Salad
2lb potatoes
1/2 onion, finely diced

1/2 cup water
1 cube beef bouillon
1 tsp canola oil
2 1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp Maggi seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Boil the potato whole till a fork can poke into the potato relatively easy but not mushy.

Step 2: Drain the potato and let it cool just enough till you can handle it without burning your hands. Do not rinse it under cold water. You do not want any water in the potato dish.

Step 3: Diced an onion fine.
Step 4: Have the seasoning ingredients ready.

Step 5: Using a knife, gently peel the skin off the potato.
Step 6: Using the slicer side of a box grater or a mandolin, slice the potatoes into a large bowl.

Step 7: Add in the diced onion to the potatoes.
Step 8: Add the beef bouillon into the water. Microwave on high for 2 mins till mixture is hot and bouillon is completely dissolved. Add in the canola oil, vinegar, Maggi seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9: Pour the mixture onto the potato and onion mix. Stir till combined.

 Serve warm. The potato salad should taste vinegary and a little salty. Add more vinegar and salt to taste.


  1. One question. Beef Bouillion can replace with Marmite?

  2. I supposed if u don't eat beef. If u do, I'll suggest u use beef bouillon or go get pati lembu/daging at the store.

  3. My in-law dun eat beef. So, may replace it with pati ayam or pati ikan bilis. Is it ok?

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