Friday, January 22, 2010

Renkon Chips

Ooooh-la-la. Renkon is very much one of my favorite little veggie treats. I put up one recipe for Japanese simmered renkon ages ago. But recently I tried making renkon chips & it was so easy I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't try it sooner. Tooo easy, gotsa try it!

Step 1) Fill a pan with about 1/2 inch of frying oil & heat
Step 2) Using a mandolin (the straight edge grater thingie) grate off a peeled renkon straight into the hot oil. Spread them out so they brown evenly.
Step 3) Using a pair of cooking hashi, pullm out onto a paper towel lined dish when they're just starting to get golden. (in about 1-1 1/2 min) A little bonus is you won't have to flipm when frying, they're so thin they'll fry up nicely.
Step 4) Salt & munch the num nums!

And if you're a OCD like me about some things cooking related. Go crazy loading them onto your single hashi as you pullm' out of the oil till you have a nice little row of fried "wagon wheels" (as my daddyo would say).


Now, I'm not kidding when I say that the first time I made these I did about 4 massive renkon pieces and had a huge bowl full of chips that got COMPLETELY devoured at the dinner table. With requests to make more for snack and the approving "smirky smirk whilst hogging the last of the bowl" from my DH.

Some ideas of how you can incorporate them:
- Add to salad for crunch
- Add it onto your tower of tofu toppings
- Sprinkle them on your hot udon
- They're a totally cute garnish for a fancy dinner dish.

Well, that's all I can think of for now......
Go forth & deep fry!


Lisa said...

They have a sushi here thats topped with a renkon chip. It's quite tasty.

The Blowers Daughter said...

Oooh YES!! Renkon chips are the bomb!

Nina said...

This is the kind of cooking I might be inclined to do! Wld love a bowlful of those!

Amy said...

I love renkon!

Lei said...

WE had some t'day, my boys loved them!!! (Also had some satsumaimo.)

Lily said...

Oh Al that looks SO SO SO GOOD! I love renkon chips!

Tearz Sakai said...

We got renkon and I'm making them today yum;) I love ur food, yes I love ur food heh!um okay I'll stop weirding out.