Most chips sold in stores are “floured down”. The producers use more flour than shrimp to boost profits. As a result, shrimp chips or crackers end up tasting nothing like shrimps. This recipe produces a heavily shrimp flavored chip/cracker. If you prefer store bought flavor more simply adjust the ration of shrimp to starch. The weight of starch can be up to 3x the weight of shrimp.

-500g peeled and deveined shrimp
-250g tapioca starch
-2 scallions (white part only)
-3 cloves garlic
-1 ½ tsp salt
-2 tsp sugar
-1/2 tsp powdered “squid bone
-whole peppercorns (optional)

What to Do:
Mince scallions and garlic and add to shrimp, sugar and salt. Process shrimp in a food processor into smooth paste. Add powdered squid bone and tapioca starch and mix well. Roll paste into a log and wrap plastic wrap or foil and boil or steam for about 1 hour. Cool and slice into thin chips, before drying in the sun or a food dehydrator. Store dried chips in a cool dry place for up to a year.

To Serve:
Heat oil to 375’F add chips one at a time and fry until puffy and golden (chips will expand 3-4x its original size when fried). For healthier eats, just nuke the chips for about 30 seconds in the microwave.

Squid bone” is the thin bone plate found in squids/cuttlefishes. They can be purchased dried from Chinese Herbal Medicine shops. To use, simply scrape with a spoon to get a fine powder. This is what gives the chips its crispy and puffy texture.

Comments (5)

On 12:34 PM , lance-s said...

Thanks TT!!! Since I was a kid, I always was curious how the shrimp chips were made. In place of the shrimp, other things could be added for a different flavor?

On 2:23 PM , Anonymous said...

What is "squid bone" called in chinese or vietnamese?

On 8:19 PM , hoangtam/tt said...

yes, you can use crab instead of shrimp and make crab chips.

click on "squid bone" in the recipe and your question will be answered.

On 4:21 PM , Anonymous said...

actually cuttle bone (aka squid bone ) can be found at your local pet shop, in the bird section. it's a common supplement to a bird's diet :)


On 5:10 PM , Anonymous said...

hai piao xiao - that is the chinese pinyin. Do a search on yahoo - they talk about it in chinese medicine.