Crispy fried shallots are a traditional garnish in Vietnam for Pumpkin Soup (Bí Đỏ), Bánh Cuốn, and many other dishes. They are best eaten the same day they are fried but will keep, in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for about 1 week.
Line a plate with paper towels. In a wok or small saucepan, add about 2in [5cm] of oil and heat over high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, at about 400°F [200°C], add the shallots, stir a few times wi