Sweet Fried Nuts

Tianzha he Tao

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By Ellen Schrecker

Published 1976

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Meal: Almost in Advance, Fried — Dinner: Menu

“On rainy days we children liked nothing better than to pick nuts from our nut trees and fry them. We would crowd around the biggest wok and toss sugared nuts into the hot oil. As soon as they were brown and crisp we’d fish them out with wire scoops and wait impatiently for them to cool. They were better than candy.”

We first encountered fried nuts at an elegant Hunanese restaurant in Taipei, where they were definitely haute c