Potatoes get a posh makeover29

Posted on July 13, 2008 by ChristieGluten Free, Sides, Vegetarian

A posh version of chips anyone?
[Stir fried chilli potato served with oysters]

Here’s a posh way to serve ‘chips’ at your next seafood BBQ. I got the idea from Kylie Kwong while flicking past her show on the Lifestyle Food channel.

In true Christie style this recipe is now barely recognisable to the original. I hardly ever follow recipes, I prefer to use them as inspiration for my own culinary creativity. I know I’m not the only one who does this – there’s a particular kind of cook that loves reading recipes and then bastardising making them their own. I’m one of them. Who else wants to own up?

Kylie’s fabulous original recipe had sesame oil, Chinese duck sausage and black vinegar among other things and is apparently eaten in China as street food. I’d definitely stop to snack on it.

Just after I’d watched her make it I got a call from my Dad saying he’d won a seafood tray with prawns and oysters and was bringing it right over. Perfect! Since I’d made Chinese style noodles the previous night I decided to adapt the recipe to include more Mediterranean flavours and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

It’s kind of like a posher, healthier and spicier version of fish and chips. I’m also going to give it a try as a side dish for grilled salmon or barbecued octopus. Add a crisp green salad and you’ve got a speedy and tasty meal in next to no time!

This recipe has also been entered into Cathy at Noble Pig’s new monthly event: Potato Ho-Down. She absolutely loves potatoes and wants to honour this fabulous vegetable every single month with recipes from all over the blogosphere! Yee hah!

One last thing, I’ve recently struck up a friendship with Michael from Food and Wine Blog who has kindly agreed to suggest wine pairings for my recipes. I’ve been hunting around for someone to do this for a while now and finally found someone I think is good enough!

Enjoy this dish and seek out the wine suggestion to make it a total culinary experience!

Happy cooking, Christie

ps. Since a few of you mention in the comments that I should enter this into a competition – I have! This recipe and photo is now part of Mansi from Fun and Food’s Healthy Cooking Cookbook Giveaway. Fingers crossed for me everyone!

Stir fried chilli potato
serves 4 as a side dish

4 medium potatoes (a chipping variety such as Maris Piper), cut into matchsticks
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar (I used raw sugar)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 fresh red chilli’s, finely sliced into strips
1 small bunch flat leaf parsley, leaves only, left whole
big pinch salt
pinch ground white pepper

Heat a wok over high heat to smoking point. Add the oil and potatoes and stir fry for 2 minutes, moving the potato around constantly. Add the sugar and vinegar and cook for 2 more minutes before adding the chilli, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute or until the parsley wilts.

Serve as a side dish to fish, shellfish or oysters.

Wine suggestions:

by Michael from Food and Wine Blog

NV Gloria Ferror Brut sparkling wine – crisp and refreshing and the grapefruit and honey notes would be good with the spice.

Joh Jos Prum Riesling Auslese or 2004 Cave Spring Late Harvest Riesling Select Indian Summer – a bit more pricey, but will balance out the heat and sweet from the chillis and sugar.

2004 Pierre Sparr Riesling SenSuous Extrem – more budget friendly and a killer value with juicy fruits and great acidity.


  • At last “chips” with flavor. Mmmm… this looks so scrumptious!

  • It;s so beautiful i could cry…see I’ve never thought of stir-frying them and I just got a new wok. Joy!

  • i could eat a gazillion of these little matchsticks! what a lovely dish. :)

  • ohhh. i could eat this for breakfast right now! i really like kylie kwongs stuff. this is a winner.

  • Oh that does sound good. Very posh look, with spice and flair, but still just great “chips” at heart!

  • This sounds truly delicious…I love being inspired by recipes, no harm done there!

  • Very cool recipe…definitely more exciting than regular fries :D.

  • I always love seeing new ways to do a classic (boring) recipe and these “chips” are certainly it.

  • Oooh! That looks so good! I don’t even have to have all that seafood with it. ;D

  • Mmm, looks awesome :)

    And yes, I am proud to be a “bastardizing” chef, I love recipes as inspiration, but rarely follow one.

  • Kim

    Great way for doing potatoes……….Could eat a plate by itself.

  • Hi Nina,
    Thanks, they’re really spicy.

    Hi Noble Pig,
    Glad you think they’re good enough for your Ho-Down!

    Hi Grace,
    Me too – very moreish.

    Hi We Are Never Full,
    Breakfast? I’d guilt myself too much!

    Hi Lisa,
    Glad you can see the posh side ;)

    Hi Laura,
    Hurray another recipe fiddler!

    Hi Sophie,
    Absolutely – and healthier too!

    Hi Lobster,
    Thanks. Love your lobster mac and cheese recipe. Now that’s a home style dish made posh!

    Hi TS,
    Agreed. These potatoes would be good with anything – or even on their own as so many people have said!

    Hi Fern,
    Cool another ‘inspired’ cook. :)

    Hi Kim,
    I had to stop myself making too many portions or I would have eaten them all too!

  • Thanks loks delicious, what a creative recipe! I’m surprised that I haven’t come across your blog all this time, considering I spend almost all my time reading food blogs! Will go and devour your archives now… :)

  • I know what you mean about kind of using the recipe as a launching pad. I do that all the time. Substitutions and changes always have to be made, either based on availability or because of allergy issues.

  • These sound outstanding! They are now on the menu for my kitchen christening dinner in a week or two! I need a new wok and this will give me the motivation to go to Williams Sonoma!

  • I just love the spice and it looks so good! the photo is just drool worthy, you should submit it to a competition or something. But feed me a plate of it first!

    And the Sydney scenery in your previous post is amazing, makes me want to hop on a plane right now to join you!

  • Wow! These potatoes look soooooo good. I’ve got to try these soon. The photo is so crisp that I feel I can reach right in and steal one. :D

  • Hi Meena,
    Hope you enjoyed the archives!

    Hi Fearless Kitchen,
    Glad you understand my recipe story – I often sub for health issues – wholemeal flour for example.

    Hi Michael,
    Ooooh, how exciting! A kitchen christening is such a good idea.

    Hi WORC,
    *blush* thank you. Quick, buy a ticket!

    Hi Dragon,
    Thank you, that’s such a nice thing to say. :)

  • Greetings to a fellow potato ho-er! This looks so good – you cannot lose with spicy potatoes!

  • mmm… spicy potatoes. I’d eat those everyday. Thanks for participating.

  • This looks so good! I always like a little heat with my potatoes so this is right up my alley!

  • Hi Dlyn, Krysta and Mrs L,
    Thank you very much! Agreed – potatoes and chilli were meant to be together :)

  • that looks like a winner! we do something similar in indian cooking, just with different spices..but I love this one! what burst of flavors! btw, you can send this in for my hralthy cooking event Christie!:)

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  • I like the sound of using potatoes like this.

  • Looks so delicious, parsely and potatoes- so yummy and delish. I am hosting a ONE DISH MEAL- SALAD event, I would like to invite you to send a salad dish for the same. The rules for the event are in my site. I will wait for something interesting from you.

  • That looks perfect! I love carbs :)

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