Cooking the HD Way – Potato Chops

Thai WokCookery is not my specialality, in fact up to the age of 30 yours truly thought Angel Hair Pasta was a Caribbean rap singer and Pho Bo was one of the teletubbies. With my “kookery” CV still clearly in your mind take this chance to reboot your computer now.

Today’s post may come as a massive shock to your digestive system and help you discover that your bathroom needs re-tiling, but I am going to attempt to offer all you Thailand ex pats a little something that just might tickle your taste buds. Cooking the HD Way – Potato Chops.

Potato Chops sounds a typical English type dish but it actually originates from Goa on the west coast of India in the region of Konkan. This easy to make dish was first introduced to me by one of my Goan work colleagues and all the ingredients are readily available in Thailand at minimal cost.

Potato Chops

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Potato ChopsIngredients (2/3 servings)

1 bottle red wine

1.5 kilo (3 lbs.) potatoes

1/2 kilo (1 lb.) lean ground beef

2 medium finely chopped onions

1 minced red chilli (two if you adore tiling)

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp crushed fresh ginger

1 egg


The bottle of wine is not actually needed for the potato chops and is merely included to drink whilst you slave away in a hot kitchen on a beautiful summers day. Before we start pour yourself a large red wine and listen in on a HD cookery tip.

Chopped Onions

The easiest way to achieve finely chopped onions is to take the HD approach. Invite your grandmother over and position her next to the TV and put on a DVD of the “Titanic.”  If your grandmother is on a similar surface level to mine, six foot below, then invite the oldest female you know into your abode. Place the onions, chopping board, bowl and knife into their lap and scream into their lesser waxed ear “I’ll be back in five minutes.”  You will return to finely chopped onions and a grandmother who thinks she’s crying over the movie. As you carry the onions to your kitchen shout at the top of your voice “Peeling potatoes doesn’t half bring me out in a hell of a rash.”

One EggWith everything prepared and Kate Winslet prancing about on a boat with Leonardo DiCaprio in front of your tearful grandmother, it’s time to get “kooking.”

First cut the potatoes into medium sized pieces and boil in readiness to make mashed potato. Pour one tablespoon of cooking oil into a suitable pan or wok. Gently cook the chopped onions until golden and then add the garlic and ginger, let the flavours blend together for a few minutes and then add the chilli. Turn up the heat slightly, add the ground beef and cook until browned. Reduce the heat and cook for a further 10/15 minutes. Drain the excess fat and then add salt, pepper and your favourite spices, cook for a further two minutes. Prepare the mashed potato making sure it is not to creamy and then allow to cool for a good half of an hour.

With the movie  “Titanic” now well into it’s plot, position yourself once more next to the old, wrinkled, lesser waxed ear and empty your lungs with the following “Most of them die at the end, now bugger off home.”  Peace and quiet at last giving you a chance to catch up on some sport.

Fed up with watching TV sport and with your grandmother having beaten a hasty retreat, do similar with the egg. Take the egg and lightly beat until you’re fed up. Now mould the mashed potato into tennis ball sized amounts. Break open the top of the potato ball and insert one heaped tablespoon of your cooked beef mixture inside and then reshape the potato into a chop like shape. Lightly coat the potato chops with beaten egg mix and apply breadcrumbs. Shallow fry for for about two minutes each side or until golden brown. Best served with salad.

If any of you have tried Potato Chops before then let me know what your opinion of them are. What I really want is a few of you ex pats to try them yourself and let everyone know what you think, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Cooking the HD Way – Potato Chops in association with HD Sauce. Enjoy. Hoo Don.

Photograph One Egg     © Dmitry Maslov |


I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

6 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    ‘If any of you have tried Potato Chops before then let me know what your opinion of them are. What I really want is a few of you ex pats to try them yourself and let everyone know what you think’

    I got as far as drinking the bottle of wine so can I get back to you on this?

    Hehh… I love reading your blog as you always make me laugh. And a bottle of wine in the recipe? That’s how I cook on the weekends (ok, maybe not the whole bottle…)

    I enjoy cooking Indian food but I’ve been lazy with Mrs. Balbirs just a motorcycle delivery boy away. My bad.

    So, will you be sharing your version of onion bhajis? To me, just like green curry is to Thai, onion bhajis are the true test of an Indian restaurant.

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  2. Mike says:

    HD clearly you have been a “single” man too long. Also can I ask if you have tried to purchase a decent bottle of red wine here without a trip to the ATM?

    Your opulent UK lifestyle just rubs salt in the open wound of my declining UK based pension! Khao Khao and more Khao for me if I am lucky!

    OK now seriously it sounds fun and tasty but as Cat says I might not get by the red wine and I don’t have(thank goodness) any available old women.

    BTW Sorry I forgot to comment on Project Wonderful on MTF. Not sure really all I seem to get are free riders I think I had 8 cents the last time I looked-no red wine this weekend!

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  3. Malcolm says:

    Martyn, being a chef and cook all these years for work to support myself and family while being a preacher ,I love to cook in fact just tonight I made a to kill for veggie beef stew, Ciejay gave me the thumbs up , which is a sure sign it is eatable.For sure I will be trying out the Potato chops very soon .I have also found that if you wear sunglasses while chopping onions there are no tears , but I’d rather have a few tears ,than some old lady sitting in my favorite chair watching my favorite movie. Malcolm
    Ciejay and me are dealers for a wine ,made by Hanuman Winery in Chantaburi made from Mangosteen. We will drink to you and your little lady and will be sure that you get a bottle when you get to Thailand next time .
    Again good humor and thanks for the recipe fot the potato chops .

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  4. Hoo Don says:

    Catherine – Onion Bhajis. That interests me in another cookery post, maybe sometime in the future. I enjoy Indian food myself but my experience with Thailand is that it’s a little overpriced, steak seems better value for money. Easy on the red wine and keep blogging, you are afterall in control of one hell of a good blog.

    Mike – Thailand and wine. Myself and WW spent a pre new year break in Loei and we bought some Chateau de Loei, red and white, three bottles for about 1300 baht. Wilai really enjoyed drinking it and I must say I found it okay myself.
    My opulent UK lifestyle has seen me this morning switch saving funds into a UK FTSE tracker, you live in hope. As far as Project Wonderful goes I am making about one cent a day but I personally think that eventually it will reward good blogs like yours. Best wishes.

    Malcolm – Beef stew is my favourite and I’ve made it many times for myself in Pattaya and nowadays in Wi’s village, you can’t beat a good stew, morning, noon or night.
    I was only joking about the grandmother bit, you know my writing style. My wrinkled one died twenty odd years back and she was a great lady. I’ll look forward to the wine as I’m sure young Wilai will as well. Enjoy your day cowboy.

  5. Martyn, love chops, love potatos, love a drop of red wine as well, my kind of food!

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  6. Mark from The Viewspaper says:

    Potato chops originated out of Goa? I didnt know that…Thats amazing…

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