kev
 
Reply Mon 28 Aug, 2006 09:02 am
My local chinese take out does the best onion rings I've ever had. The are really light and crispy.

Problem is since they are the size of a saucer I only want 3 or 4 as a side dish and you get about 20 in a portion, so I'm throwing 80% of my money away (cost $5 throwing away $4)

Anyone know how to make them really light and crispy?

Bit like the ones on the Dominoes pizza ad.
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blacksmithn
 
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Reply Mon 28 Aug, 2006 09:21 am
Try beer or club soda in the batter.
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smorgs
 
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Reply Mon 28 Aug, 2006 09:32 am
Yes I heard that... a recipe I have calls for 'pale ale' in the batter, but I'm sure any light beer will do.

Oh and make sure the rings are REALY dry before you dip them. Don't do them from freshly cut, leave them for at least and hour between kitchen paper - a bit like aubergines.

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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 28 Aug, 2006 09:33 am
They are probably using tempura batter rather than a regular batter.

We make tempura at home all of the time - some handy tips:

Pat everything dry before coating/cooking.

Keep your batter cold - use ice water to mix it - keep it in a bowl of ice - this helps to keep it from getting greasy.

Keep your oil very hot. We use two pots so that the oil can reheat between cooking batches.

Yum, yum. Tempura is one of my very favorite things in the world.
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smorgs
 
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Reply Mon 28 Aug, 2006 09:37 am
Sounds yummy, boomer

Can I come for tea?


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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 28 Aug, 2006 10:08 am
kev -- I think frying is a difficult cooking technique. Some people dip onion rings in seasoned flour, then in beaten eggs, then either in straight bread crumbs or a bread crumbs/corn meal mix. Others use a beer batter, although I do not know how to make it, but I suspect it involves beer, corn starch and flour with salt and pepper.

I strongly encourage the use of either a deep fryer with a temperature control or, if you do not have such an item, a dutch oven and a thermometer to give you a temperature reading. Temperature is important.
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kev
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2006 09:42 am
Thanks for the tips everyone, I'll give em a go and get back to you with the results Very Happy
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2006 10:38 am
Too bad you're not closer, kev, so we could come and taste the results. I love onion rings.
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Miller
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2006 01:23 pm
A Walgreens in Chicago used to have onion rings on the menu.

God, were they ever good, and made by a young woman from the South.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2006 05:59 pm
Ah, yes, the days when drug stores had soda fountains!
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Miller
 
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Reply Wed 30 Aug, 2006 06:56 pm
plainoldme wrote:
Ah, yes, the days when drug stores had soda fountains!


And Walgreens used to have really large booths and you could sit in them for several hours, an dno one bothered you! We used to do it when I was in high school. Laughing
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kev
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 05:33 am
What the heck is a soda fountain? P.S. Pom if I ever get this feckin recipe to work I'll be happy to send you a batch.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 12:55 pm
A soda fountain is wholesome sort of diner with a counter and booths dedicated to selling Ice Cream Sodas and other sweet beverages.

The guy behind the counter dispensing these goodies was known as a "soda jerk". (The dispensers for soft drinks could have the handle "jerked" to put a head of foam on the glass.
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kev
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 03:55 pm
thanks nodders
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 04:03 pm
kev wrote:
What the heck is a soda fountain?



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Does this bring up some happy memories?
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 04:15 pm
Phoenix--\

I see a toaster in the background.

That's a picture of a lunch counter.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 05:31 pm
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Letty- This better??? Very Happy

Here is a genuine piece of Americana, complete with soda jerk!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 05:31 pm
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Letty- This better??? Very Happy

Here is a genuine piece of Americana, complete with soda jerk!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 05:31 pm
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Letty- This better??? Very Happy

Here is a genuine piece of Americana, complete with soda jerk!
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Thu 31 Aug, 2006 06:06 pm
Nice triple play, Phoenix Laughing
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