There’s no denying it, crunchy food are just more fun to eat, especially when you’re a kid. Give in to the whims of your family by cooking them crispy food they’ll love to munch. And, to make sure you achieve perfectly crispy, crunchy food every time, check out these tips from Yummy.ph.
1. Chicken Karaage
Take fried chicken a notch higher and make Japan’s famous chicken karaage at home. It’s got crispy skin, juicy meat and umami flavour -- what more could the kids ask for? And they’ll be thrilled to find that these are made with chicken thigh fillets so no more bones. Note: Mirin is Japanese sweet rice wine that’s used as a condiment to bring out the flavor of dishes.
Makes 3 servings Ready in 25 minutes
1/2 kilo chicken thigh fillets, cut into small pieces 1 tablespoon garlic, diced 1 teaspoon ginger, grated 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 tablespoon mirin 2 to 3 cups vegetable oil 2 1/2 cups cornstarch
Craving for tuna pie? You can recreate this savory treat at home! And yes, it will be cheesy, creamy and golden brown-crusted. For this you’ll need store-bough puff pastry which you can find in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store. Fry or bake them. They also keep well in the freezer so you can pop one out for merienda any time.
Makes 10 servings Ready in 20 minutes
2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons white onion, finely minced 2 tablespoons carrot, finely minced 1 tablespoon celery, finely minced 1 1/4 cup tuna flakes (about 2 155-gram cans) 3/4 cup all-purpose cream 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (about 150 grams) Freshly cracked black peppercorns, to taste 20 pieces store-bought puff pastry, cut into 4-by-2-inch rectangles 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash Vegetable oil, for frying
Wanna impress the kids? You don’t need to prepare a fancy 4-course meal. All you need to do is to say you made potato chips yourself and you’re letting them season and flavor it anyway they want. Have lots of choices ready. You’ve got the usual cheddar cheese, barbecue and sour cream which you can find in powder form in grocery stores. For the adults, take a look at these interesting potato chip flavor ideas from Serious Eats. Makes 2 to 3 servings Ready in 15 minutes
3 medium potatoes, unpeeled 1 pinch salt, to season vegetable oil, for frying ground black pepper, to season
There’s a reason why everyone loves tonkatsu. Crispy, tender pork drizzled with a sweet and salty sauce paired with sticky rice can make any tummy happy. It isn’t difficult to make at home too. Try it out for yourself this weekend. Don’t forget the tonkatsu sauce and sesame seeds!
Makes 4 servings Ready in 50 minutes
4 slices skinless pork loin or tenderloin (150-gram), about 1/2-inch-thick salt, to taste freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 table spoon calamansi juice 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water 1 cup panko (japanese breadcrumbs) cooking oil, for pan-frying shredded cabbage, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, toasted sesame seeds, and steamed
Here’s one ultimate Pinoy comfort food! You can have it as is with your favorite dippings (sarsa or suka at toyo?). You can also pair it with sauces like kare-kare or adobo. All sounds good, right? You may want to lay off fried dishes for a while though after this.
Makes 6 to 8 servings Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
1 kilo pork belly, whole 1 tablespoon rock salt 2 teaspoons black peppercorns, whole 2 bay leaves vegetable oil, to deep-fry
Here’s an awesome snack for family movie nights. These potato balls are crunchy on the outside and filled with delicious mash on the inside. How do you top that? A cheesy center and a gravy dip on the side! Guaranteed, the kids will be begging for you to make these again.
Makes 20 to 25 balls Ready in 36 minutes
500 grams potatoes 6 tablespoons butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose cream salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup green onions, minced 1 egg yolk 20 to 25 (1-inch) cubes of cheddar or quick-melt cheese 1 cup japanese breadcrumbs 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup flour pinch of dried thyme 3 cups chicken stock or beef stock 1 bay leaf
Yes, vegetables! What better way to get the kids to finally take a liking to greens than coating them in breading and adding a crunch. It’s an alternative to store-bought chips too. This recipe is Asian-inspired which comes with a tempura dipping sauce. Perfect for tempura-loving kids.
Makes 4 servings Ready in 15 minutes
2 bundles kangkong (water spinach), about 30 pieces 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 egg 1 cup ice-cold water oil, for deep-frying 3/4 cup water 1 tablespoon dashi granules 1/4 cup mirin 3 tablespoons soy sauce sesame oil ginger, grated