I invested in an airfryer, or rather, the hubs was
conned convinced by me that we need an airfryer. Ordinarily, I would have used the fryer for what it was and not think too much about it. However, a friend told me that it cannot be used for anything other than precooked frozen fried foods like chicken nuggets or french fries as the food would not have a fried food quality to it. I am not one to rest on my laurels when a challenge is thrown and so, the journey to experiment with the airfryer began.
Tay’s beancurd skin crispy chicken, frozen french fries and frozen veg spring rolls.
Ok, I did test it out with frozen food stuff like nuggets and such. However, I realised that whilst it worked perfectly for nuggets, for some reasons, my frozen spring rolls turned out very hard. I don’t know if that means the spring rolls are still relatively healthy (red: contains less oil) as compared to the nuggets.
With this attempt under my belt, it was time to venture into other foods, specifically fresh foods with a deepfried texture that does not lose out to a deep fryer. My virgin attempt was with kuning fish, relatively low cost, easy to cook thoroughly and small enough to finish quickly if they taste horrible.
Not the best looking fish in the world but they have a crispy skin and do not lose out to the deep fried version, other than being a whole lot drier because of the amount of oil used.
I was much more confident with the success with fish and my next attempt was with fresh chicken wings. These chicken wings were usually baked and I thought they probably would taste pretty much the same. Still a safe attempt, lol.
Getting bolder with success, I experimented with fresh enoki mushrooms next. I figured I could do a crisp version like ikan billis and this was the result.
Looks great, doesn’t it? The whole plate was gone in a blink with the kids requesting for more.
I experimented with prawn fritters next. For the airfryer to work, the batter cannot be too thin and runny. However, if the batter is dry, the prawn fritters will have a heavy coating and will not be crispy. Balance is very important here. Taste wise, my first attempt was good but aesthetically, it looked real bad. The batter were dripping into the holder from the wire basket and any attempt to pull the prawns lose meant the crispy batter were all falling apart.
A good friend suggested using aluminium foil to line the wire basket to “save” the batter, lol. That was a fantastic suggestion cos they looked much much better.
I will continue to try out new things with the airfryer, lol. Never let it be said I conned the hubs into purchasing a white elephant, hahahaha.