In Asian cooking, fried shallots are added to rice, porridge, vegetables and many other savoury dishes. Fried shallots are not only used to add flavour but also as garnishing.
I used to think that it is quite a hassle to fry shallots because a lot of times, they do not turn out crispy and do not have a long shelf life. If you are looking for a guide on how to prepare the crispiest fried shallots, I have listed all the tips here for a guaranteed successful result. Crispy fried shallots are very easy to prepare especially if you closely follow the tips given. If you have been purchasing fried shallots from the supermarket all these while, stop right now because you do not need to anymore. Furthermore, your mind will be at peace knowing that there is no preservative in this dish.
Before frying the shallots, there are a few things to note in ensuring the crispiest and most delicious fried shallots. Shallots must be cut into thin slices but not too thin or the shallot slices would burn very quickly and would not be flavourful. If you want to be very precised, the shallots should be cut into slices of about 0.2 cm thick. The thickness of the shallot slices should also be uniformed. Otherwise, some of the shallots slices may cook faster than the rest resulting in a batch of unevenly fried shallots.
Sliced shallots must be soaked in salt water to reduce the amount of moisture in the shallots. By doing so, the fried shallots would be even crispier. However, it is advisable not to soak the shallots for too long or they may lose their flavour. To prevent the oil from splashing, lightly pat dry the shallots before frying.
Sprinkling some corn flour on the shallot slices would also ensure that the shallots turned out really crispy. It is highly recommended to fry the shallots in batches and to ensure that enough oil is used when frying the shallots. Once the fried shallots are ready and had cooled to room temperature, store them in a bottle and placed it at a cool area. As mentioned in the video, they can be kept for up to a month.