Asian Spiced Fried Almonds

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I just made these. They’re still hot. Yet they’re so good I have to share them.

This is another example of fusing the technique of one culture with the flavorings of another. On Serious Eats, I had seen a recipe of Spanish Spice Fried Almonds, taken from Janet Mendel’s My Spanish Kitchen.

I just wasn’t in the mood for cumin, and I don’t have any pimenton, which is Spanish smoked paprika. Yet I do have Korean gochugaru (chile powder), which has similar properties to hot paprika.

Okay, I’ll do my take on it.

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 cup Almonds
1 tsp Chinese Five Spice
1/2 tsp Salt
Pinch of Sugar
Pinch of Gochugaru

1. Heat the Sesame Oil and Olive Oil in a flat skillet on medium.

2. Add the Almonds and cook, giving them an occasional stir.

3. Let them “pop” and “snap” for a little while.

4. Dunk the Almonds in a big bowl and dust with the other Seasonings, tossing them together.

5. Done.


Author: ZenKimchi

Joe McPherson founded ZenKimchi in 2004. He has been featured and sourced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, KBS, MBC, SBS, Le Figaro, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, The Chosun Weekly, and other Korean and international media. He has consulted for "Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain," The Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, the PBS documentary series “Kimchi Chronicles,” and other projects in the UK, Canadan, and Australia featuring celebrity chefs such as Gizzi Erskine and Gary Mehigan. Mr. McPherson has written for multiple Korean and international publications, including SEOUL Magazine, JoongAng Daily, The Korea Herald, Newsweek Korea and wrote the feature article for U.S. National publication Plate magazine’s all-Korean food issue. He has acted as dining editor for 10 Magazine and was on the judging panel for Korea for the Miele Guide. He spoke at TEDx Seoul on Korean food globalization, at TED Worldwide Talent Search on the rise of Korean cuisine, and in New York City on Korean Buddhist temple cuisine. The company ZenKimchi International organizes food tours for tourists and corporations and acts as a media liaison for foreign and Korean media and local restaurants and producers.

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