09 Oct2011

We visited the bazaar at Fort Bonifacio yesterday (haven’t been for nearly a year)… It was the first attempt to get started on our kilometric Christmas list but we failed miserably… We are normally done with at least half of our list by now, so there is definitely a lack of momentum, but perhaps it’s also age — there just didn’t seem to be anything new at the bazaar this time around. Less and less unique items, either locally crafted or baked or made, and so much of the same old, same old imported container van stuff. I bought some sampaloc candy to give as a gift (PHP100) and the bones of a Majestic ham for stock (PHP60) and was about to leave, a bit peeved that I had to pay PHP100 in entrance fee (for two) and PHP40 for parking that effectively doubled the cost of the unsuccessful shopping expedition. But I spotted these potatoes on a stick that were deep-fried and was intrigued enough to order one at PHP70, barbecue flavor please…

A single medium sized potato was put on this rotary slicer and cut about 1/8th of an inch thick in one continuous spiral and impaled on a thick bamboo stick and evenly spaced out. Next, it is dipped in a very light batter and plunged into a very hot vat of fat and deep-fried for a couple of minutes. When lightly golden it is extracted and sprinkled with barbecue powder (mostly paprika, salt and pepper I suspect) and voila! I didn’t have a camera with me, so we rushed home to take these photos, and by then it had gotten a little soft, but it was delicious! Everything you love about fried potatoes, on a stick. Clever, healthier than classic unpeeled fast-food fries sprayed with sugar water, and just fun. Sorry, I forgot the name of the cart, but they are right outside the main entrance of the Karl Edwards bazaar in Fort Bonifacio. I suspect they will pop up at other bazaars and malls soon. It’s a really simple idea, so probably easily replicated, but novel for me nonetheless. Reminded me of these “blooming onions” from a fair on the New Hampshire coast I was at a few years ago…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Mimi says:

    They are called Potato Twister here. $3 per stick. My son gets ‘takaw tingin’ orders them and cannot eat through halfway. They are best eaten on the spot as they get soggy fast.

    Oct 9, 2011 | 3:18 pm

     
  2. millet says:

    they have carts in malls all over, and we have them even here in davao. i think they’re called tater twisters or something like that. my sister from the US fell in love with them last time she was here. they don’t taste oily at all, and are light and crisp. i hope they do the same thing with sweet potatoes.

    Oct 9, 2011 | 4:38 pm

     
  3. Mom-Friday says:

    Wow expensive!
    I bought one last May, I forgot if from SM hypermarket or another shop with carts — it’s only P35 :)))
    had barbecue and cheese flavors.

    Oct 9, 2011 | 5:31 pm

     
  4. Ellen says:

    Pinoycook also blogged about this :-) looks appetizing!

    Oct 9, 2011 | 5:39 pm

     
  5. Joyce says:

    These potato twist thingies seem to be popping up everywhere nowadays.I love them, but sometimes they fry them a bit too much it gets hard

    Oct 9, 2011 | 7:19 pm

     
  6. titabuds says:

    There’s one in Shopwise, too. Plus a Majestic Ham stall. I didn’t know you could buy the bones from them. Thanks for the tip, MM.

    Oct 9, 2011 | 7:23 pm

     
  7. Hog Heaven says:

    I have been wanting to try this. It’s so cool to see how they cut and fry it! Thing is i have no self self control for fried potatoes. I can’t just stop with one…..

    Oct 9, 2011 | 9:18 pm

     
  8. JMLR says:

    My daughter buys this from her school’s cafeteria. It costs P35 a stick and it’s available in different flavors as well.

    Oct 9, 2011 | 9:39 pm

     
  9. cindz says:

    some carts even offer three flavors in 1 twisted potato :D i wanna know if how can they cover the slices in 3 separate flavors!

    Oct 10, 2011 | 11:17 am

     
  10. Deedee says:

    Interesting but I find it too salty for my taste.

    Oct 10, 2011 | 11:49 am

     
  11. Betchay says:

    Twister Potatoes—they also have a kiosk at Robinsons Manila in front of the supermarket. Novelty. :)

    Oct 10, 2011 | 7:52 pm

     
  12. anna banana says:

    Those twister potatoes are very common here in Seoul! There’s actually an itinerant vendor of this pretty near my flat! Once in a while I give in to the call of cheese twister fries.

    Actually saw a handheld device being sold at a shop here to make these twister fries. Never felt the need to buy though haha but this post has made me want to get one na!

    Oct 10, 2011 | 10:29 pm

     
  13. MiMac says:

    they remind me of the green mint leaves used for house decors :)

    hmmm…they can be used as table accents along with other edible stuff!

    Oct 11, 2011 | 12:16 pm

     
  14. PITS, MANILA says:

    POTATO TWISTERS … SHOPWISE IN CUBAO, QC. …

    Oct 11, 2011 | 7:50 pm

     
  15. tipat says:

    I didn’t know they dipped the potatoes in a batter… most of the carts I see here simply fry the potatoes after it’s been cut. My SIL bought the gadget to cut these potatoes up for something like P7K but she says it’s now being sold roughly around P4K

    Oct 12, 2011 | 11:43 am

     
 

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