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Home » Camote fries, Fries and Health, Fry variations

Philippines fries?

Submitted by mich on Tuesday, 16 December 2008One Comment - 17,711 views

This morning, Google News Alert brought my attention to a recently published column in the Philippine Star.

OIL-SOAKED: “French fries” brings me to a more serious topic, which is food and monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is more popularly called vetsin in the Philippines.

While most people might think that fries are a French invention, these deep-fried potato strips are generally thought of in France itself as Belgian in origin. In many places, such as Europe, they are called chips.

In the Philippines, a native version uses camote strips that are prepared in a similar way — deep fried — and served with a sprinkling of salt and, sometimes, cheese and some creams or minced bacon.

In burger houses, I am turned off when pushy counter people ask me to add French fries with my coffee. My main objection to fries, which I consider a serious threat to health, is their being soaked in boiling oil or fat that has been reused countless times. Press the fries on a paper napkin and see for yourself.

Many places, such as Europe“? Hahaha.

Anyway, back to the fries. It seems the Philippines have their own version made with camote strips … I have to research that!

The rest of the article handles on monosodium glutamate (MSG). More on this “health threatening” substance later.

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  • Darren Dy says:

    camote fries do not taste like potato fries at all. it is a different product altogether because it uses sweet potato or in spanish/filipino we call camote. camote fries are sweet and creates a different crispness and texture probably because of the starch content. another variation is a hot sweet snack called camote-q, camote fries covered with caramelized sugar, on a stick. it is usually sold as an afternoon street snack. hope this helps a bit on your research.

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