Arrowhead, My favorite Chinese New Year Snacks
Arrowhead Sagittaria sagittifolia, is a tuberous bulb that is a delicacy usually eaten during the Chinese New Year season. THEY are crunchy, tasty and addictive. Once you start crunching on arrowhead, it’s hard to stop. It grows wild in marshlands in Asia, and is cultivated in china and japan, Arrowhead is harvested for its bulbous tubers, which is called “chee ku”, which means “good mushroom”. Arrowheads are usually deep fried or stir fried. the starchy arrowhead is crunchy and makes a delightful snack for Chinese New Year.
Also known as Chinese potato or swamp potato because it grows in water, the ngaku is only available during the Chinese New Year celebration as it is a seasonal vegetable.
Corn oil for frying
Peel the arrowhead bulbs, then cut into thin slices using a mandolin.Heat oil in a deep fryer or a wok medium heat or about 180C.
Add arrowhead one by one in fryer, until lightly golden brown,They will crisp up very quickly and it only takes a few seconds to cook, then sieve out and place on kitchen towel or newspaper to drain off the oil.
When it is cool, store it in an air-tight container.