Friday, February 22, 2013

Ngaku Chips & Popiah Seaweed Crackers

My two savoury snacks I made during Chinese New Year
Both are very addicitve you have to be really determined to stop munching LOL

The first one was ngaku chips (arrowhead chips)
A very addictive snack, light, crisp and so tasty
But to be honest, this would be the first and the last time I made it
Yes, to buy is pretty pricey, but thinking about the trouble I have to go through, I'd rather spend LOL

The slicing - I still couldn't do it nicely, some were thick
The drying - counting on sun wasn't wise during the festive season, most days were cloudy and rainy, hence layers of kitchen rolls laid between layers of arranged slices, peeling them one by one was quite a pain cos most were stuck to the papers
The frying - it's time consuming cos I couldn't put too many at one time, otherwise they'd stick one another. And they had no patience when I scooped them out, they browned real fast. I added in salt in the oil, the saltiness turned just nice :)

The process was actually simple, peel the arrowroot, wash, slice, dry and fry, but it's not that simple. In fact, it's a little too much for me, especially knowing that free time is such a luxury for me. It's great to be able to at least experience it, though - no regret :)
I am the kind of person who find frying prawn crackers is already troublesome, so can imagine how I felt when I made this chips hehehehe...

Very tasty, indeed! :)

Now the second one, popiah seaweed crackers
Another tasty crisp snack I enjoyed so much which I found in Happy Call Facebook group
The best part about this snack is, you fry without oil when you do it with Happy Call pan
That's what I did. And it remained crisp til the next few days in airtight container

It's real easy
Cut popiah skin (I used fresh round one) and also seaweed (You may use any kind, I used Taekaenoi original flavour)
Stick them together with egg white and fry in the closed and locked Happy Call pan for a few minutes
The heat trasnformed the damp pieces into crisp and light delicious snack in no time
The fact that it's oil free gave me a not so good impact, I ate this nonstop! LOL

Tired of those sweet cookies during festive season? Why don't you try these two snacks?
Even though I rambled a lot about how troublesome making the ngaku chips, but I believe many others think otherwise :)

Whether it's easy or difficult, both are really delicious. And it's a fact :)

I'm submitting this post to:  Chinese New year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover


  1. My MIL would fry lots of arrow head chips, so I would skip doing this myself.

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  3. Hi Alice,
    Both snacks are extremely addictive! My kids prefer snacks like this to cookies for CNY! Yes, I would rather buy the ngaku chips, the hassle of peeling and slicing them to thin slices would make me cringe! LOL!

  4. Alice, I so agree with you on the ngaku chips! Hah! Hah! But I will still do it. The popiah seaweed snack sound easier to make especially when you don't have to fry it. No addictive snack for me at least for now. Ate too much already!

  5. I didn't have any arrow head chips this year, they are addictive, yes and very heaty too :)

    My mom decided to stop after she did the first and last arrow head chips years ago.

  6. Hi Alice! I love eating ngaku chips, once I start, I just can't stop! There's really a lot of work involved, no wonder a small tub of yummy ngaku can be be pretty pricey! The popiah seaweed crackers look really creative and yummy too.

  7. I will also skip making my own ngaku chips, quite tedious thought! luckily this year my daughter's friend gave her a canister, hehehe..I did not know happycall can use to make the seaweed snack. Since i have one happycall, shall try it out next year..
    Ya, Thanks for your full support and participation given to my CNY delights event.

  8. Hi Alice, love this ngaku chips but very very addictive snacks. Once start eating hard to stop. I haven't attempt to make my own ngaku chips cos worry wait I eat non stop. LOL

    Have a nice Sunday.



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