DIY-ing your family and friends’ Christmas presents gives them a more personal feel (and also gives your wallet a breather during an admittedly costly season). And as one of our articles has shown, making your own presents can be quite fun too, and it’s worth noting that many a successful business originated from this quaint little hobby.
In case you feel like shaking things up, why not try making this season’s hottest, most in-demand snack?
Salted egg potato chips are this year’s cronut, basically. It all started with the Singaporean brand Irvins coming up with the wildly inventive snack. The salty, mildly tangy chips were such a hit that you once needed to be on a three-week waiting list to get your own tall plastic jar of the stuff. After that, it didn’t take long for local food entrepreneurs to come up with their own version. (It helps that salted eggs are quite abundant here.)
At Php150- Php280 per container, the salted egg potato chips aren’t cheap, and they also tend to disappear long before you arrive at the mall or the weekend market where they are sold. Fortunately, we found this wonderful recipe for homemade salted-egg potato chips. I daresay they’re perfect for last-minute gifts this holiday season, but when they’re this good, you may just end up keeping them for yourself:
Homemade Salted Egg Potato Chips
- 1 cup fresh curry leaves (you can find these in the grocery)
- 100g butter
- 8 salted eggs (any Filipino store should stock them)
- 1 medium-sized bag of potato chips
Rinse the curry leaves under running water.
In a frying pan over medium-high heat, toss the moist curry leaves about until they dry.
Add the butter and swirl it around the pan with the leaves until it’s fully-melted.
Remove the yolks from the salted eggs and mash them up with a fork. Set aside the whites for a different dish.
Add the mashed salted egg yolks into the butter and curry leaf mixture. Mix well until you have a creamy sauce.
Lower the heat slightly, and add the potato chips. Stir them around until each chip is coated with the egg yolk mixture.
Add a bit of chilli powder for some spice if you like. Otherwise, the chips are now ready to be served and eaten.