Vietnamese Potato Croquettes (Cha Khoai Tay)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Lightly spiced potato patties present a nice blend of flavors that make this old favorite a welcome departure from the ordinary. If you want to have the traditional dipping sauce, there are many recipes for nuoc cham on ‘Zaar: I use Gourmet Garden chili spice blend (in a tube in the salad section of the grocery stores), mixed into equal parts water, lime juice, soy sauce and rice vinegar to make it easier if not wholly authentic.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Shred the potatoes in a food processor and place in a colander. Sprinkle with the salt and mix well. Let stand in the sink to drain for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix the dry seasonings together.
  3. Squeeze the potatoes dry and place in a mixing bowl. Add the cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Add all the remaining ingredients except the panko crumbs and oil and mix well.
  4. Drop the potato mixture by tablespoonfuls into the panko crumbs and flatten slightly. Coat all the way around.
  5. Divide the oil in half and heat in a pan over moderately high heat. Lower the patties into the hot oil and flatten the patties with a spatula if necessary: the patties should not be too thick, and should be about 2 inches across.
  6. Fry until crisp and golden on the bottom, then turn and fry the other side. Drain on a wire rack or on paper towels, then transfer to plates. Add more oil as needed for frying the remaining patties.
  7. Optional: serve with Nuoc Cham dipping sauce.
  8. (A note on fish sauce: this is a very salty Southeast Asian specialty food. I don't care for the odor, but it blends well into sauces and other foods. You can substitute soy sauce for an approximation if you want to leave it out and make this a true vegetarian dish).


Most Helpful

I baked them instead of frying them, which circumvented the "greasy" problem mentioned by another reviewer. Delicious flavor!

La Dilettante September 17, 2011

A take on Cha Khoai Tay with necessary RSC ingredients added and adjusted to qualify for the contest. I did use jarred lemongrass. I liked the free flow of the patties. I did remove from pan when fried and placed on paper towels to absorb the excess oil and place in the oven to keep warm. I used a 1/4 cup to make 12 patties. I used Recipe #414471. Close to this recipe here Enjoyed!

Rita~ March 08, 2010

These were really good! I used soy sauce instead, because I couldn't find fish sauce that was kosher. Simple to make, and quite good. I never tried Vietnamese food before, so I didn't know what to expect. I did find them to be on the greasy side, and I was hoping the 2/3 cup of oil wasn't going to be too much, but I still found them to be greasy anyway.

Studentchef March 06, 2010

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