Shrimp Chips, also called prawn crackers, are colorful fried chips often served at Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants as decor with dishes like crispy duck.
They have a slight sea/shrimp flavor and are usually made with a little food coloring for appeal.
The chips are actually something you can easily make at home. You can find the uncooked chips at Vietnamese and Chinese markets. They look something like this:
Then all you need to do is fry them. If you’ve never fried them, it looks pretty cool. In seconds, they fully puff up before you eyes and then they are ready. I took a really quick video:
These are especially good to serve at a party in a big bowl, no need to put it on any fancy Chinese dishes.
- 1 package uncooked prawn crackers/ shrimp chips
- vegetable or canola oil for frying
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Add enough oil into pot or work being used for frying so that it is at least 1 inch deep. Heat oil to medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully drop in a few chips. Within a few seconds they should heat up and expand. As soon as they open up and expand, immediately remove them from the oil, otherwise they will start to burn and lose their color. Repeat until you finish your box or reach desired amount you want to make.