Every year I create a fun new latke recipe and this year I am blending my Jewish background with my Hawaii upbringing and sharing taro latkes with wasabi sour cream and poke. Not your traditional latke to say the least, but the combination of fried taro with spicy cream and poke is one not to be missed.
I am blending my background in latke form this year. You know how much I LOVE to create fun latke mashups every year. Do you remember my hatch chile latke with guacamole I did a few years ago? Or one of my favorite latkes to fry, yucca latkes?
A Little Bit about Taro
I found a huge taro stump just like the ones my step dad grows back in Kona. Usually when I go to the store and see taro, it can be the small roots which are more difficult to shred into latkes for this reason.
If you're not familiar with taro, here is what it looks like being harvested. This was a few years ago in my moms backyard and we just steamed it simply with coconut milk.
However, taro is a starchy root and when squeezed of it's liquid (like you would do for latkes), it's milky and thick and the shredded taro will clump together. That's why I don't recommend putting it through the shredder attachment of your food processor, like I normally would for latkes.
Taro Latkes with Poke
- 3 cups shredded taro
- 1 whole egg
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ teaspoon salt + more for garnish
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying
Wasabi Sour Cream
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- ½ teaspoon wasabi powder or wasabi paste or more if you like it hotter
- 5 ounces sushi grade ahi cut into ½ inch cubes
- 2 tablespoon shoyu soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon seaweed
- 1 teaspoon Hawaiian salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- First make the taro latkes. Cut off the outter thick layer of taro and shred using a hand grater. (It's too starchy for food processor shredder).
- Then combine shredded taro in a bowl with egg, flour, salt and pepper and mix to combine.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat with enough oil to coat the bottom. Use a tablespoon of mixture and gently add it to the hot oil. It should sizzle immediately once oil is ready. Fit about 4 latkes (depending on size of pan) and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Reserve latkes to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with additional salt.
- For the wasabi mayo, simply mix together the sour cream and wasabi paste. The sour cream will become thinner once whisked so stick it back in the fridge to firm up a bit if preferred.
- To make the poke, simple toss all the poke ingredients together.
- Assemble the latkes by dolloping sour cream on the latkes and then topping with poke.
My husband and I loved this dish. It came together much faster than I expected. I generally don’t like frying, but I found the taro crisped up more easily than potatoes. Next time I’m going to try putting the taro batter in my waffle maker to see if I can avoid frying. The poke was delicious (even though I used canned tuna because it was all I had). I cut the Hawaiian sea salt in half, and it was still quite salty. I’m looking forward to making this for friends.
I’ve never run across this site before but will definitely be trying more recipes from here.
Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for commenting...I love the waffle idea..I think I may try that next time I make latkes..haha And great idea for the canned tuna..I think it will be much saltier overall but sounds like it turned out well!