Crispy chips or potato chips are snacks that we often eat at any time of the day. The thinly-sliced potatoes are cooked until they turn crispy and crunchy making it both delicious and addictive. Once you start, you can no longer resist from eating more and more crispy chips. The next thing you know, the plate is already empty and it’s time to stock up on more chips.
What are Crispy Chips?
This snack is made of potato that is thin-sliced and deep-fried to make it crunchier and tastier when you bite it. The basic potato chips are salted with additional flavours coating the chips. The coatings are usually can be a variety of spices, herbs, cheese or any other additives to make the taste rich in flavours and up to diners’ palates.
History of Crispy Chips
Potato chips or crispy chips have been around since 1817, when it was called sliced potato fries at the time. Since then, people have enjoyed eating the potato chips as a snack, side dish and even appetiser. In the late 19th century, the thin version of potato chips that we know and love was created by an American cook named George Crum.
The story began when he was trying to satisfy his customer’s demands. The customer complained that the potato chips were too thick, hard to swallow and too plain which forced Crum to slice the potatoes into thin slices and flavoured them with enough salt and to deep-fry the chips to make it crispier and crunchier.
Surprisingly, the special potato chips were loved by the customer and soon spread to the public. People began to frequent Crum’s establishment to taste the delicious and crispy chips. The crispy chips managed to carve its way to the heart of diners and became the talk of the town. This renowned American chef became a legend due to the invention of the legendary crispy chips which remains famous to date.
In the 20th century, potato chips are mass-produced and sold in every supermarket. It is manufactured and packed differently according to the spices and flavours of the chips. To date, we have potato chips with flavours such as barbecue, black pepper, salt and pepper, cheese, sour cream and onions and countless more.
How to Make Crispy Chips
To make the crispy chips, firstly, you need to prepare all the ingredients on the table. The ingredients are sliced potatoes, oil and salt (and even pepper, if you prefer). After preparing the ingredients, you can slice the potatoes as thin as you can, or it would be better off using a slicer if you are not used to cutting so thinly using a knife.
Put the sliced potatoes in a bowl of cold water. Wash and rinse the potato slices and coat it with salt. A moderate amount to ensure that the potato slices are flavoured will do. Let the sliced potatoes soak in salt for half an hour to absorb the saltiness. After half an hour, rinse the salted potatoes under running water and drain the sliced potatoes to remove all the salt from the potatoes.
The last step is to deep-fry the sliced-potatoes in oil that has been preheated to 365 °F until it turns crispy and golden brown. The last touch would be to season the crispy chips with any additional flavours such as pepper or serve it with sour cream. Your perfect snack is now ready to be consumed!
Where to find Crispy Chips in Malaysia
Crispy chips can be found at any supermarket or hypermarket. Subway even has combos for their sandwiches which comes with a carbonated drink with chips or cookies.
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