Spicy Tapioca Chips / Ubi kayu pedas for Raya (6 ingredients)

I have fond memory of kerepek ubi kayu pedas (spicy tapioca chips). When I was little, I love buying packets of them from the school canteen. I didn’t know what it was, but it tasted as good as potato chips. Thinking back, this thing is so much better than Pringles or any other chips in packets.

ubi kayu pedas

This chips would be great to serve at Raya open house. Here’s a recipe modified from Flavours magazine.

ubi kayu pedas

RECIPE
tapioca chips
>Tapioca tubers……………………………………………………. 1 kg
> Salt…………………………………………………………………… 1/2 teaspoon to taste (or more)
> Oil, canola ………………………………………………………… 500 ml

chili syrup
>Oil…………………………………………………………………….. 20 ml
>White sugar…………………………………………………………100 g ( 1/2 cup)
> Red chillis, large………………………………………………….4
>Garlic………………………………………………………………… 4 cloves
> Salt…………………………………………………………………… 1 teaspoon
> Vinegar …………………………………………………………….. 2 teaspoon

Kerepek Ubi Kayu Pedas

  1. Peel tapioca and cut into very thin slices using a knife, mandolin or a food processor.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large work over medium heat. Pat tapioca slices dry and fry in small batches until crispy and lightly browned. Place in paper napkin to absorb excess oil.
  3. Pour oil and sugar into a pot. Cook over moderate heat until sugar melts and turn golden brown.
  4. Add ground chilli and garlic paste, salt and vinegar. Stir over medium heat for a few minutes until mixture smells fragrant. Be careful not to allow mixture to burn.
  5. Add tapioca chips into chili syrup, stirring quickly to coat well.
  6. Transfer to a tray lined with parchment paper. Spread them out in a single layer. When cool, store in an airtight container.

ubi kayu pedas

NOTES:

  • We halved the recipe given.
  • We heard that it’s much tastier to use shallots instead of garlic.
  • If you can, use a mandolin or food processor to cut tapioca into thin, even slices. It’s faster, easier and ensure that chips are cooked evenly.

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