In England, it’s quite typically British of us to find a way of incorporating chips into any, and every, meal. Chinese style salt and pepper chips, however, holds a special place in all of our hearts (and taste buds).
Nearly everyone can agree that chips are pretty tasty- whichever way you choose to eat them, but sometimes it just isn’t convenient to rush down to your local Chinese takeaway whenever you get a craving for something a little more exciting than your bog standard fried potato. So whether you’re on a budget or trying to impress the girlfriend with your cooking skills- it’s worth giving this quick and easy recipe a try. Trust me, it’ll go down a treat.
Because sifting through recipes is, quite frankly, a pain- here’s a simple recipe for salt and pepper chips that’ll certainly spice up your evening. The beauty of making your own is that you can feel free to pick and choose which ingredients you want to leave out- and the portion sizes are up to you. Just don’t be too reckless or you could ruin the flavour!
|• Frozen Chips
• Soy sauce
• Sesame oil
• 2 chopped onions
• 1/2 clove of finely chopped garlic
|• 2 chopped chillies
• Chilli and/or garlic sauce
• Chinese five spice
• Paprika powder
• 1 tbsp Salt
• 1 tbsp Sugar
1) You are supposed to deep fry the chips in this recipe- but if you don’t feel confident with deep frying, they’ll taste just as good cooked in the oven! (Also, DO NOT use thin chips like french fries. Choose a thick cut of chip- it’ll help to absorb the sauces later.)
2) Heat up equal amounts of soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil in a pan (preferably a wok if you have one.)
3) Once the liquids are heated, add your chopped onions, garlic and chillies. Fry them up until the onions appear to be golden.
4) Throw the cooked chips into the pan and proceed to add the chilli and garlic sauces. The amount you add is entirely up to you, just remember that some chilli sauce can be EXTREMELY hot and you don’t want to rot your guts! Keep frying the chips until the sauces have begun to soak into them.
5) Sprinkle small amounts of Chinese five spice, salt, sugar and paprika over the chips. Just remember the paprika will fuel the spice of any chilli sauce you’ve already added, so don’t overdo it. Unless you’re into ridiculously spicy food – of course.
6) Keep on cooking until the chips are well combined with the other ingredients.
7) Once you’re happy with how they look, remove them from the heat and they’ll be ready to serve your fresh salt and pepper chips straight away.
I’d say it’s pretty easy- and tastes good too.
Feel free to change up the recipe to your own preferences. Use less chilli if you’re not in the mood for hot spice. If you’re feeling more daring though, throw in as much chilli as you want to.
Feeling like something with a bit more substance? You can also make Chinese salt and pepper chicken by swapping out the chips for cooked chicken. Just make sure the chicken is done properly before you start adding stuff to it- there’s nothing worse than food poisoning.