Fried potatoes with soy beans, peas and courgette in a mildly spicy sauce

Fried potatoes with soy beans, peas and courgette in a mildly spicy sauce

In this recipe I combined my umami sauce with potatoes, soy beans, peas and courgettes.

There is one ingredient in this recipe that may be a bit harder to find, but it is really worth the effort! I bought these at a Chinese supermarket.

  • Fermented broad bean paste (called doubanjiang in Chinese) is essential. Make sure to check the ingredients as there are many types of chilli bean paste and a lot of them are not vegetarian. The Chinese characters are 豆瓣酱. If it says 辛豆瓣酱 then it will be very spicy. The brand I got is Pearl River Bridge Chilli Bean Paste.

All the other ingredients can be found in ordinary supermarkets.

   • 550 kcal per person  


For two people:

  • Main ingredients

    • 400 g potatoes
    • 300 g courgettes
    • 1 cup of frozen peas and soy beans (combined)
  • For the sauce

    • 6 dried tomatoes, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • a handful of dried shiitake
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, crushed in a mortar
    • 1 cm ginger, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon miso
    • 1/2 teaspoon black bean paste
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon garlic oil


Two of the ingredients need soaking: the dried tomatoes and shiitake.

  • Soak each of these in a separate pot or bowl in freshly boiled water for at least 30 minutes.
  • After soaking:
    • Squeeze the liquid out of the tomatoes. Keep the soaking liquid.
    • Wash the shiitake, then squeeze the liquid out of them and cut the in strips. Keep the soaking liquid.
  • Cook the frozen beans and peas for 2 minutes in the microwave at full power (900 W).
  • Wash the potatoes and dice them.
  • Cook the potatoes in the microwave for 10 minutes at full power (900 W), stirring halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, wash the courgettes and slice them thinly. You can cook them in the microwave for a few minutes at full power (900W) to speed up the frying.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil and fry the ginger for a minute or so.
  • Add the pumpkin seeds, the tomatoes and shiitake and fry over low heat for a few minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and courgettes and fry over high heat for a few minutes, until the courgettes are soft and the potatoes have browned.
  • Add the beans and peas.
  • Add the miso, black bean paste and tomato puree and two tablespoons each of the soaking liquid of the tomatoes and shiitake.
  • Cook further for a few minutes over low heat, stirring well.

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