Spicy Hunan Potatoes

How do you say “yum” in Chinese. These potatoes were perfectly seasoned and I could not get enough of them! Hunan food is known to be spicy and from the few dishes I have made so far I certainly agree. But like any recipe you can make it to your taste. Hunan is located in the mid-west part of China and it  has been said that Tuscany is to Italy what Hunan is to China!  Sounds good to me…

Spicy Hunan Potatoes

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 3 slices of bacon or streaky bacon as it is sometimes called – all comes from pork belly
  • 1 red chili pepper (I used a red jalapeno)
  • 1 green chili pepper (I used a green jalapeno)
  • 1 leek – white part and you can add some light green too
  • red onion (as much as you want)
  • couple of green onions, sliced diagonally
  • fresh minced ginger to taste
  • couple cloves of garlic (minced or sliced)
  • 1 tbsp. hot bean sauce (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce (used all dark soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. dark soy sauce (I chose to use all dark soy sauce or 2-1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 tbsp. Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tsp. of sugar
  • additional salt (optional) – you really don’t need it
  • peanut oil

Peel the potatoes if desired and slice them very thin. Wash the potatoes twice in cold water to remove the extra starch; dry on paper towels. Cut the bacon into pieces; cut the chili peppers, red onion,  garlic and leeks into thin slices. Mince the ginger (you don’t want to eat a whole slice of ginger). You can also mince the garlic.

Heat the oil in your wok or skillet and deep fry the potato slices until they are golden brown. Remove and drain.

Fry the bacon pieces until almost crisp; remove and drain.

Add the green onion, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for a minute or two. Add hot bean sauce ; stir. Add the soy sauces, sugar, salt (optional – the dish is already salty enough) and cooking wine; mix well. Add the potatoes, bacon and rest of the ingredients. Continue to stir-fry until it smells so good and looks very yummy 🙂

I served these very yummy, spicy potatoes with turkey burgers. I ate all my potatoes instead of finishing my  burger. Don’t you love the color of the potatoes and the three different onions, oh and of course the jalapenos ?

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju

This is a last minute link to the Fiesta Friday party as my old computer “died” on me last week and I now have a new one! Thank goodness I did not lose any data. Now, if I can just get any new pictures  organized!

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42 thoughts on “Spicy Hunan Potatoes

  1. These potatoes sound amazing Judi! John and I love a bit of spice and certainly enjoy Asian flavors too. Glad you are back on-line. Computer issues are the worst but a new computer is so much fun! What did you get?

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    • Thanks Julie – I don’t like to deep fry items too often but potatoes… I bought a Dell 17″ Inspiron 17 7000 series. I like a bigger screen! I have a few kinks to work out and the Geek Squad is coming on Fri. to reload some programs. What photo editing program do you use. I was using Picassa for a long time but now it will be obsolete. I have Photoshop (never used it yet) and I know a lot of people use Picmonkey. Any suggestions?

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      • Picmonkey is free Judi but I LOVE Lightroom through Adobe. I pay $10.69 a month for the on-line version so always get the upgrades free and they do it. It comes bundled with Photoshop but I don’t know that program. I need a geek squad! Please let me know if you have any questions. I have a link to Adobe on my Resources page if you want to look at it. I love a larger screen too. I blog from a laptop (Apple) but can’t do anything from my phone like a lot of people do.

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      • Thanks for the info Julie – wish I had my computer geek to help me get through this. The Geek Squad is coming Friday but he has so much to install – I did not know about your resources page as I will check it out. I don’t do anything from my phone except email and making calls. I rarely use it to take pictures.

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  2. These potatoes look incredible, Judi! I have never seen anything like them with these Asian flavors. I love spice and could eat potatoes every meal so I know I would love these. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and bringing them to Fiesta Friday. Have fun with your new computer. I’m glad you didn’t lose any data!

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    • Me too Shari – but my figure would not like potatoes every day 🙂 They are real good and of course can be made to your taste. A few kinks to work out and some programs to upload – the Geek Squad is coming on Friday.

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  3. Hunan chicken has always been my favorite Chinese take-out dish, and now you’re telling me I can make Hunan potatoes? Yes, please! There’s no doubt in my mind that I would LOVE these potatoes, Judi. I feel like I’ve been making potatoes the same few ways for months now and having a new choice has brought me extreme joy. 😀 Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe!

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    • Thank you Nancy – I have 3 cookbooks on Chinese cooking two of which are Hunanese. I will be posting either this week or next my Black Bean Chicken which turned out great – not sure it is the same one you are talking about as there is a variety of chicken dishes. I got started on this kick thanks to a sister and niece who raved about the food over there. The potatoes are worth the effort and I wish I could eat fried food more often 🙂

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      • I’ve yet to attempt authentic Chinese (or Hunan) style cooking at home and these potatoes seem to be the perfect introduction for me. I’m so glad you posted the recipe…thank you! The Hunan chicken I love is batter and fried. The other components are a spicy red (chili?) sauce and celery. Very simple but so addictive!

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  4. So glad your Hunan potatoes got an honorable mention Judi. Love the Asian flavors and the pungency in this dish. Good luck with the new computer, like you I need a big screen for my blog posts. I still love my old Mac desktop (probably about 7 years old now) with upgrades. I could never work on anything else. I need a lot of space 🙂 I hope the Geek squad is successful in getting it all together. Keep a bunch of questions close at hand and perhaps watch what he is doing, it makes it all fall into place then. Enjoy this long weekend 🙂

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