Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables

This is “Saba no Tatsuta-Age” literally “fried mackerel coated with potato starch”

There are two types of coating ingredient for fry.
1. Katakuri-Ko (potato starch)  :  fry with potato starch is called “Tatsuta-Age”
2. Komugi-Ko  (wheat flour)     :  fry with wheat flour is called “Kara-Age”

Cooking of Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Usually chicken fry “Tori no Kara-Age” is coated by wheat flour, and fish fry is coated by potato starch.
What is the difference on fried foods between potato starch and wheat flour?
Cooking of Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Cooking of Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Cooking of Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables

 

 

– potato starch
starch 100%
– wheat flour
starch 67-75%, protein 6-14%, lipid 1-2% and the others (water, vitamins trace)

Cooking of Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Cooking of Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables
The protein of wheat flour creates a gluten by entwined with gliadin and glutenin, and so the more starch high purity will be fried more crunchy texture.
Fried Mackerel with Sweet and Sour Vegetables

 

・Komugi-Ko
is a wheat flour.  小麦粉(こむぎこ) literally “wheat powder”
・Katakuri-Ko
is a Katakuri starch originally, which is made of root of Japanese dog’s tooth violet.  However now is mostly potato starch.  片栗粉(かたくりこ) literally “Katakuri powder”

・Tatsuta-Age
is a fry food coated with “Katakuri-Ko”.  竜田揚げ(たつたあげ) literally “fry a la Tatsuta light cruiser of Navy”
・Kara-Age
is a fry food coated with “Komugi-Ko”.  唐揚げ(からあげ) literally “Chinese fry”