Fried Arrowhead chips (Sagittaria trifolia or Chinese Arrowhead) also known as ngaku is a snack mostly eaten during Chinese New Year. Making these chips is fun and easy, a healthier and cheaper alternative than store-bought chips. They are excellent when deep fried, and taste like potato chips with slight bitterness and a very distinct flavour. Such an easy snack, crispy, nice and gluten-free too.

Tips:

  • Use a Mandoline slicer for quick and uniform slices.
  • Rinse repeatedly to reduce uneven color at the edge of the chips (brown edges).
  • Holding the stems (do not cut off), make slicing with Mandoline slicer much faster and safer.

CHINESE VERSION: 香脆炸慈菇片(芽菇)

Arrowhead Root Chips

Crispy Arrowhead Chips | MyKitchen101en

Yield: 50 servings (1 kg)

Ingredients:

  • Chinese arrowhead 1 kg
  • Cooking oil 750 ml (for deep frying)
  • Salt 1 Tbsp (for soaking)
  • Curry leaves 2-3 stems (optional, extra flavour)
 

Instructions:

1 Wash and clean arrowhead root thoroughly, and remove the skin with a peeler.

Arrowhead Root Chips

2 Rinse repeatedly with running water to remove excess starch from arrowhead, this will reduce uneven color at the edge of the chips (brown edges) after frying.

Arrowhead Root Chips

3 Soak with salty water for 30 minutes.

Arrowhead Root Chips

4 Pat dry before slicing.

Arrowhead Root Chips
 

5 Cut into thin slices with Mandoline slicer.

Arrowhead Root Chips

6 Heat oil to 140°C to 150°C. To test oil temperature without a thermometer, drop a single chip into the oil. The chip should sink then float after 3 seconds or so. If it doesn’t sink, the oil temperature is probably more than 160°C. If oil temperature too hot, the outer layer of chips will burn before it is completely cooked inside.

Arrowhead Root Chips

7 Fried over medium heat until golden. Add few curry leaves in the oil for extra flavor (optional).

Arrowhead Root Chips

8 Remove from heat and drain excess oil on paper towel.

Arrowhead Root Chips

9 Store chips in airtight container only after they’ve cooled completely.

Arrowhead Root Chips

Arrowhead Root Chips

Crispy Arrowhead Chips

Fried Arrowhead chips also known as ngaku is a snack mostly eaten during Chinese New Year. Making these chips is fun and easy, a healthier alternative than store-bought chips.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Soaking 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Chinese New Year, Snack
Cuisine Chicken, Deep-fried
Servings 50 servings
Calories 32 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 kg Chinese arrowhead
  • 750 ml cooking oil for deep frying
  • 1 tbsp salt for soaking
  • 3 stems curry leaves optional, extra flavour

Instructions
 

  • Wash and clean arrowhead root thoroughly, and remove the skin with a peeler.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Rinse repeatedly with running water to remove excess starch from arrowhead, this will reduce uneven color at the edge of the chips (brown edges) after frying.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Soak with salty water for 30 minutes.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Pat dry before slicing.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Cut into thin slices with Mandoline slicer.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Heat oil to 140°C to 150°C. To test oil temperature without a thermometer, drop a single chip into the oil. The chip should sink then float after 3 seconds or so. If it doesn’t sink, the oil temperature is probably more than 160°C. If oil temperature too hot, the outer layer of chips will burn before it is completely cooked inside.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Fried over medium heat until golden. Add few curry leaves in the oil for extra flavor (optional).
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Remove from heat and drain excess oil on paper towel.
    Arrowhead Root Chips
  • Store chips in airtight container only after they’ve cooled completely.
    Arrowhead Root Chips

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Notes

This recipe yields 1 kg of chips divided into 50 servings. 
The nutritional value for reference is for 20 g of chips. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 32kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 140mgPotassium: 0.03mgFiber: 0.004gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.002mg
Keyword arrowhead chips, fried arrowhead chips, ngaku
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