How to Fry Arrowhead (Ngaku) Chips

Updated on December 15, 2017
Arrowhead chips (Ngaku chips)
Arrowhead chips (Ngaku chips)

Tasty Snack During Chinese New Year

Arrowhead chips are snacks very popular during Chinese New Year. Vegetable chips deep fried in hot oil, they are a delicious snack for munching while watching your favorite holiday shows on TV. My family can go through jars of this delicious snack so it is much more economical to fry my own than to buy.

Arrowhead rating

4.3 stars from 4 ratings of Arrowhead Chips

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: 1 kg raw arrowhead will yield 2 medium sized jars
Raw arrowhead
Raw arrowhead | Source


  • 1 kg Arrowhead
  • Cooking oil


  1. Peel the arrowheads with a vegetable peeler. Keep the stalk as it will be used later to slice the arrowheads.
  2. Wash the arrowheads removing any bits that may be attached to the stalks
  3. Slice off the bottom of the arrowhead so that it is nice and flat.
  4. Hold the arrowhead by the stalk and slice thinly using a mandoline slicer. Holding it by the stalk ensures you don't slice off your fingers in the process!
  5. Heat a wok of oil. Once the oil is hot enough, deep fry the chips. Put the chips in a slice at a time as they may stick together.

General tips

1. When choosing arrowheads, pick the big ones. Also avoid those with cracks as they will not look appealing when you slice them.

2.Not necessary to add salt as they are tasty enough as they are.

3. When frying the chips you will see the oil bubbling around each chip. Once the bubbling stops the chips are ready to be removed from the oil.

Arrowheads after they have been peeled and cleaned

Cleaned ngaku
Cleaned ngaku | Source

Thinly sliced arrowhead using the mandolin

Thinly sliced ngaku chips
Thinly sliced ngaku chips | Source

Leave on a grease proof paper after frying

Arrowhead chips
Arrowhead chips | Source

Earning Extra Income During Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a time when many enterprising folks will sell home made cookies and delicacies to earn extra income.

Many customers prefer to buy home made cookies as opposed to those mass produced by the factories. The logic is that the taste is better when quality ingredients are used to make them.

So with arrowhead chips, many enterprising housewives will fry these in bulk and sell them in plastic jars at the morning market.


Frying Arrowhead Chips In A Large Kuali


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