September 27, 2022
crispy noodles with shrimp, bean sprout, and garlic in a white ceramic plate

Fried noodle chips are delicious. They’re a fun twist on the classic chips and crackers,  always gone in the blink of an eye!

They are essentially deep-fried egg noodles (egg roll wrappers or fried wonton wrappers). Crunchy and golden brown, they’re commonly served as a restaurant appetizer in small wooden bowls with duck sauce and Chinese hot mustard on the side. They may also be found in a small wax brown bag with your local Chinese takeout.

Freshly fried noodles are especially delicious when eaten as an appetizer or made at home. This article will explain why you should be using them and how to make them for future uses.

Why Use Fried Noodle Chips?

These airy and light strips can be used as a garnish for soups or when cut wider, can be used as an alternative to standard chips at a Chinese-themed dinner. You can even incorporate them into your French Bouillabaisse soup!

Fried noodle chips are not just a key ingredient in the delectable American chop suey recipe. They can also be an irresistible topping for stir-fried vegetables coated in Chinese sauce. 

Fried noodle chips are served as a free appetizer in some restaurants and with chow mein, soups, and chop suey dishes. These freshly deep-fried noodles are becoming increasingly scarce in restaurants these days, and they are quickly turning into a thing of the past.

While these crispy fried noodles were popular in the Northeast, they were uncommon in American Chinese restaurants anywhere else. You might recognize them as something akin to the crunchy noodles in Asian-inspired American salads (i.e., as a crouton substitute) or the pre-packaged La Choy chow mein noodles.

Crispy wonton strips aren’t just a great appetizer; they’re also a tasty addition to other courses. They add a delectable crunch to Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad and go well with steaming Hot and Sour Soup.

A bowl of fried wonton strips is a great snack for Game Day parties as an alternative to chips. You could even serve an entire Asian-themed finger food menu, complete with Egg Rolls, Sticky Wings, and Coconut Shrimp.

White and yellow wonton skins are especially common in Asian markets. The yellow wrappers have eggs, while the white (Shanghai style) do not. You can use either variety to make fried wonton strips.

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