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Potato Chips with my Japanese Turning Slicer

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at our favorite local sushi restaurant. While there, we sat at our fave seat in the upper balcony of the restaurant, overlooking the sushi chefs as they prepare various rolls. One item that particularly interested me was their beautiful garnishes. The sushi chefs had a large bowl of raw beets and carrots cut into delicate and colorful strings. They used these vegetable strings as garnish to all the platters of sushi they prepared. I knew before we left that night I just had to ask about how they made these strings.... and the sushi chef was so kind to tell me that they used a Japanese turning slicer.


I just had to get my hands on one so I could create some strings of vegetables! I researched and asked around among my foodie circles until success! My husband and I came across them at our favorite asian market, thanks to my friend Colleen, author of The Mere Mortal's Guide to Fine Dining. She tipped me off to check at our fave market and there is was in all it's glory!

I soon learned that this tool has been used by contestants on Top Chef and was thrilled to have it in my kitchen too! This turning slicer is used for making spiraling fine cut carrots, potato strings, beets, daikon radishes or cucumbers and more. It comes with 4 stainless steel, interchangeable blades (slice blade, and fine, medium & coarse blades) to make different sizes and cuts for different foods.


One of the things I've already made using my turning slicer is potato chips! This tool makes it super easy to have curly potato spirals or even slices... all within a matter of seconds. To make, I just attached the potato into the slicer, turn the crank and drop the spiral sliced potatoes into hot oil to fry. I double fried them in small batches to they came out crispy. After the second fry, a simple seasoning of garlic salt was all that was needed before enjoying!

Stay tuned to more things I'll be doing with my new kitchen toy! It certainly makes cooking with vegetables fun and interesting!

17 comments

  1. OH yummy! I might need one of those!

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  2. The chips look fantastic! I've wanted to get one of these slicers to make eggplant and zucchini noodles. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  3. Those chips look so delicious! I might have to get a slicer myself!

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  4. we use this tool in my Thai Cuisne course! so fun.

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  5. How fun! Sadly, I have no cupboard space to store such a big toy. An H Mart just opened up near me a few months ago, and it's already a regular shopping trip for my husband and I. We love wandering the aisles =)

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  6. Sweet-I know have something to start my Christmas and Bday gift wish with....

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  7. I am so jealous!! Those chips look delicious!

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  8. This is so cool! What a fun toy!

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  9. Oh how fun! Think of all the cool stuff you'll be making!

    I love sushi, the way they present everything - it always looks so nice!

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  10. Ooh you finally got one of those. Saw your post on LTH. They look like the chips from Harry Caray's

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  11. It looks like some sort of torture device...I want one!!

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  12. Another item to add to my ever-expanding wish list of kitchen toys!

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  13. I think I need to get me one of those!

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  14. Very cool gadget. So many fun possibilities.

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  15. What a cool toy! The chips look amazing!

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  16. where did you buy the slicer, can i find it in amazon?

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