Spicy Chinese Potato Strips

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Delicious Chinese potato stir fry

Delicious Chinese potato stir fry

A Chinese friend told me that her husband loves to eat potatoes. He believes that potatoes have therapeutic benefits to the body. He reminds me of my friend’s mom who suffered from much pain in the leg due to gout. One day someone told her to drink potato juice. So every morning she juiced potatoes to drink. To her surprise, her condition improved a lot. If you have such problem, you may give this a try. After all, it’s natural and won’t do any harm. If it doesn’t work, at least you have tried.

I actually googled it to check whether potato juice can improve gout condition. Oh wow…there are lots of articles that support it. However, if you are trying this, always start with small amount and increase gradually. Natural healing always takes time so patience is important. To make it more enjoyable to drink, you can add to carrot-apple juice. As I always say, carrot-apple juice has always been my best drink of the day….so refreshing and so nutritious. For more about juices and health, please check it out at my Health section.

This is the juicer that I have been using all these years…more than 15 years now. It has not failed me. It is heavy duty and really worth every penny. It’s the best investment into your health. It juices and it also grinds. You get high quality juices because it masticates the fruit/vegetables instead of crushing it at high speed. Cleaning up is also easy.

I have been cooking more potatoes ever since I tried the Scotty Brand potatoes. These potatoes, grown in Scotland, are really delicious, both in texture and taste. Apart from using it in curries, my all time favourite dish, I love it cut into strips and pan fried.

I remember a Chinese friend took us to a small Chinese restaurant in a small town down in England. The food there was very delicious. I clearly remember a very simple potato dish. The potato was in very thin strips. It was a little sour and spicy and the potato strips were still crunchy. I didn’t quite like it but I thought I can recreate that dish and add more flavour and taste to it. Did it work? Yes….very happy to say that. I will definitely be cooking this dish again.

Here’s my Spicy Chinese Potato Strips recipe. This is a very simple and easy recipe. It’s a vegetarian dish, too.

500g potatoes (peeled weight)
1/2 whole garlic (peeled and chopped fine)
1t dried chillies
4T olive oil
1T light soya sauce
1T vinegar
1/2t salt
1T white wine
a small handful of coriander (chopped)

Soak the potato stripsSoak the potato strips

Cut the potatoes into thin strips. Soak in water for about 30 minutes. My friend said that it’s to remove some starch and make the potatoes taste nicer. I used baby potatoes here. But I’m sure the big ones will do too.

Fry chopped garlic

Fry chopped garlic

Heat up the oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic. Fry until golden. I like garlic so I used quite a lot of garlic. You can use less if you don’t like it too garlicky.

Add potatoes to garlic

Add potatoes to garlic

Add the potatoes. Mix well and cover. After a few minutes, taste the potato. If it has softened a little but still crunchy, add the rest of the ingredients and keep frying. It cooks fast. If it’s too dry, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. Cover for a little while more. Taste. Adjust the seasoning. Don’t overcook this dish. It has to be cooked and still with some bite to it. I find it’s very delicious. It has that garlicky fragrance, aroma of coriander, a little spicy. This Chinese potato dish will go well with any meat dish. Would make a lovely lunch while watching Olympics soon…..*grin*.

Olympic 2012 opening ceremony tomorrow! Just can’t wait. My next few weeks will be exciting…..yay! If you like sports like me, then I think you’ll be looking forward to watching the Olympics. If not, then I suggest you enjoy cooking and baking….*smiles*. Have fun!

Other potato dishes that you may be interested in:
Spicy Baby Potatoes And Ikan Bilis
Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry
Scottish Food - Salmon Stovies
Cooking Chicken Curry Is Really Simple And Easy

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- Mother Teresa

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Cenwen  on July 26th, 2012

Hello Mary ♥

A recipe that I put in my favorites :) A test soon, I like it a lot!

Good day :)

Take good care of you!

Lots of kisses ♥

claire  on July 26th, 2012

Potatoes! My kids’ favourite dish.. yes, I will this recipe of yours, something different from what I do…
About the Olympics, I will be glued to the badminton more than the other games! hahaha…

Kat  on July 26th, 2012

Ate alot of this stir fried potatoes when I was in China…seems to be a standard dish for the group of tourists package tour there. Simple & delicious.

suituapui  on July 26th, 2012

I never cooked potatoes on their own - usually as a condiment in soy sauce chicken or pork or in curry.

Mich - Piece of Cake  on July 26th, 2012

Hi Mary, this is comfort food to me… we love potatoes at home. This looks like a great recipe for me to try out…

somewhere in singapore  on July 27th, 2012

Oh potato juice, i have not tried before…

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on July 27th, 2012

Simple and very delicious.

Mary  on July 27th, 2012

@Cenwen - Thanks very much, Isabelle! Have fun cooking! :D Muuuuaaaak

@claire - Hope your kids like this dish :D . Now I really hope that TV here will show badminton, esp when Lee Chong Wei plays.

@Kat - This must be a very popular Chinese dish. I only knew of this dish when my friend took me to the Chinese restaurant :D

@suituapui - That how we Malaysians eat potatoes….haha :D

@Mich - Piece of Cake - Hope you will like this dish. Have fun cooking! :D

@somewhere in singapore - I have not tried the potato juice either. Wonder how it taste like. I think I still prefer my carrot-apple juice :D

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

Mistletoe  on July 28th, 2012

Interesting dish…spicy Chinese French fries. Teehee. I love garlic too so I’m sure I’d add lots like you. Love that you made this a spicy dish as potatoes don’t have much flavour on their own. Too bad these days whenever I make a spicy dish, I have to make two - one for me kiddies and one for me and the hubs. Sometimes I get lazy and just do the whole dish non-spicy, but it just doesn’t taste as yummy. Sigh. My son can’t eat spicy more than my girl. She avoids anything spicy. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Would love to try it some time.

Mary  on July 28th, 2012

@Mistletoe - Haha…..love your description…Chinese French Fries! When you make it, they become Chinese Canadian Fries :D To help cut down on your work, maybe you can just cook it non spicy. Then when you want to eat it, just drizzle some hot chilli oil over your portion. Hope that helps you not only to enjoy some laziness but still able to enjoy the heat :D

lena  on July 28th, 2012

this dish must be just out from your wok, i can still see the steam! This potato dish must be tangy spicy? sounds special!

tigerfish  on August 1st, 2012

Normally I am not a big fan of potatoes but this style of cooking them just makes potatoes extra appealing to me!

Mary  on August 23rd, 2012

@lena - Haha….yes, just out from the wok before anyone plunged their chopsticks into it :D

@tigerfish - This is a very simple and yet delicious dish. I don’t eat a lot of potatoes but I like this dish :D

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