It's winter here, which means it is cold, sometimes dreary, not much sun to warm up the body or the soul.
I saw a photo on my friend, Deb's Flickr page and was reminded of corned beef hash patties.
The next day, I immediately went out to buy a can of corned beef.
The cans of corned beef in the local supermarkets are "so cute" only 100 grams...on sale for 258 yen (about US$2.58), especially when you compare it to a SPAM can.
As I was walking back from the supermarket, I realized that I had forgotten to buy a potato to make the patties.
Since I was already out, I walked to the closest market which was a co-op.
Luckily, I had a filled point card which gave me 100 yen (about US$1) off, so a bag of potatoes (5 potatoes) costing 128 yen (about US$1.28), was only 28 yen (about US$.28). I guess that was worth the extra walk.
I think corned beef hash patties were a food eaten by people in Hawaii on the plantations or after the war(?) or both.
By adding a potato (or two), one could stretch out the corned beef and make more patties to feed their large family.
So, that is what I grew up on, a large batch of corned beef hash patties, we would usually have them for dinner, lots of rice and lots of ketchup, a salad on the side.
From this teeny can, I used one potato, one egg and half an onion and made 4 normal sized patties for dinner and 6 tiny patties for breakfast.
We had the patties for breakfast with an egg and rice. This combination can be found during breakfast time at most places in Hawaii.
If you can find those regular sized cans of corned beef, you can make your own corned beef hash patties.
2 potatoes, peeled, cooked, mashed (kinda chunky)
1 onion, diced
1 can of corned beef
oil to pan fry
Break up the corned beef and add the potatoes, onion, egg, mix well.
Using a soup spoon, scoop and put onto a heated pan with oil.
Using the back of the spoon, flatten out the scoop of mixture to make a patty.
Cook for about 2 or 3 minutes on each side.
Serve with lots of rice.
*if eating for breakfast, top with egg cooked as you like, we prefer over easy or sunny-side up.
NOTES: I only used 1 tablespoon of oil to cook these, but in Hawaii we usually use more, putting the finished patties onto a paper towel to drain. This is one food that is good eaten cold too.