Alright guys. I’ve been debating with myself over the past few days whether to post this braised potatoes recipe up or not.
Because it feels like such a “duhhh” recipe. Come on. There are only two ingredients in this recipe! But don’t be fooled by it having just two unassuming ingredients (potatoes and soy sauce, in case you were wondering :p). It’s freaking delicious, okay? And it goes SO GOOD with rice. It has the “sauce” too, which you can drizzle generously over the rice, which makes it soooooooo yummy.
I’m already thinking about making it again right now. Lol.
Anyway, this is a dish inspired by something I often see at the Chinese vegetarian stall in my school, and although it’s not really exact (I’m sure their version has more stuff in it, maybe MSG lol), I’d say it’s pretty darn close.
Even then, my mind keeps telling me that this is just a dumb recipe to post. So I entertained the thought of making it fancier, like adding more stuff, like perhaps onions or carrots, or even other spices like five spice powder, etc.
But you know what? I feel like that takes away the simplicity of the dish. Of course, feel free to add more veggies to it! I think you can totally add carrots and beans and onions and whatever you have sitting in your fridge and it’d be darn amazing. Yet I felt that writing the recipe that way would make it something entirely different from what I like to order at that Chinese stall – a simple braised potatoes dish.
Also, adding five spice powder when it was already delicious on its own is a violation of what this blog stands for – easy, cheap and accessible vegan food for everyone!
So I stuck with the original plan – just potatoes, soy sauce, and water.
Which happens to make this almost-everything-free! YAY! Not only is it vegan, it’s also gluten-free, oil-free, allium-free (no onion no garlic woohoo), nut-free, everything-except-soy-and-potato-free, basically :p
I know it seems hard to believe. Seriously? Just these 2 cheap and common ingredients? But trust me on this one. It’s good, I promise.
PS. Love minimal ingredients maximum taste dishes like this one? Check out my 3 ingredients Cucumber Salad With Sesame Soy Dressing recipe 😉
2 Ingredients Braised Potatoes (Chinese Style)
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 medium potatoes
Boil 1 cup of water and 4 teaspoons of soy sauce in a small saucepan.
Peel and cut two potatoes into halves lengthwise. Lay the potato halves down on the flat side and chop them lengthwise into approximately 1/8" thick slices. Basically, half moon potatoes.
Once the soy sauce/water mixture boils, throw in the potatoes. Let it simmer and cook with the lid on for about 10-15 minutes.
The level of saltiness of the soy sauce varies from brand to brand, so you might want to start with 3 teaspoons of soy sauce and add more at the end if necessary.
Feel free to add other veggies, like carrots, onions or even beans!