What sandos and Japanese potato salad tell us about food, culture and authenticity

Japanese potato salad | Photo by Leslie Brenner

Last month, circumstances collided in my imagination and my kitchen, causing me to develop a fascination with an unlikely dish: Japanese potato salad. Partly it was because the pandemic had me craving potatoes (comfort carbs) and therefore potato salad in general was top-of-mind. Potatoes are cheap and plentiful (even the organic ones I insist on…