After reading Jeannieinabottle’s hub about Pringles vs. Other Chips, I couldn’t help but think of my favorite kind of chips - Cassava chips. Which are also known as tapioca chips to some others.
I am not a potato chip fan. Yes I admit, a bag of potato chips does not bring any excitement to me. I do, however, fancy cassava (tapioca) chips, and other crunchy muchies like Tortilla chips, twisties, and nachos. So when it comes to Lays, Pringles... I always wish they were a bag of doritos instead. The only exception that I have to this potato chip preference is Terra Chips, and Kettle Chips. It is perhaps the packaging that I am drawn to instead of the potato chips themselves.
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That said, tapioca used to be regarded as the poor man’s food, especially in Asia. During the war, people would subsist on tapioca. But today, it is gaining in popularity as an alternative to potato chips. Personally, I feel that tapioca chips have a sweeter and richer quality to their taste, compared to potato chips that are a little more bland and saltier. I like to eat the tapioca chips without any special flavors - some companies like to put BBQ seasoning, or chili / jalapeno flavorings, but I personally prefer those that have minimal seasoning, as the natural taste is light and sweet.
Tapioca chips have a harder and more cracker quality to them compared to potato chips. If you like to chew your chips and enjoy each bite, you might just like tapioca chips too! Potato chips tend to be rather fluffy and light and crispy, but tapioca chips tend to feel more solid. If you tried to break a potato chip in half, it will possibly crumble into many pieces, but tapioca chips are more plastic like in their texture. I know many of my friends who are tapioca chip fans love this about tapioca chips. Each them you chew you have to work at it. If you prefer to eat chips that melt in your mouth, potato chips would probably melt better!
Unfortunately, cassava chips are not all that mainstream in the Western diet. In some parts of Asia, the cassava is not considered exotic at all, and it is part of their regular diet. It is so rare to find cassava chips in the supermarkets I frequent; when they are there, you have to search out rows and rows of junk food just to get to them!
Tapioca chips are the healthier alternative to potato chips, especially for those who are gluten intolerant. Cassava chips are gluten-free, and have less fat compared to conventional potato chips. For the health conscious, these chips are definitely a wise choice.
For those who love their kitchens, making your own tapioca chips might just be the way to go. First, you should peel the skin off the tapioca. Second, cut them into thin slices. Third, deep fry them in hot oil. Take them out when they are a light golden color, just like other foods that you fry. When they dry out they will turn a lovely golden color and then they will be crispy. If you like, you could put a little salt. Some people recommend frying them with curry leaves - it’s really up to you to flavor your chips.
Throwing a party? Organizing a little get together? Need a snack to keep awake in class? Want a healthier alternative to potato chips? Try Tapioca Chips! They are so addictive!
Are you a tapioca chip fan? Leave a comment below!
hanna on October 12, 2012:
I LOVE tapioca chips. I lived in Malaysia for 3 years and ate them a lot there. Came back home to New Zealand, can't find them anywhere. Miss them a lot. But now, the supermarkets are beginning to sell puffy cassava chips, which is kind of the same, without that spectacular crunch. Better than nothing!
Charlotte B Plum (author) on October 23, 2011:
yay another tapioca chips fan! =) Thanks for dropping by!
anglnwu on October 22, 2011:
I love tapioca chips, partial by the fact that I grew up in Asia. We use cassova in our desserts and it makes a healthy snack. Rated up!
Charlotte B Plum (author) on October 02, 2011:
Hey Vocalcoach, oh you are so funny! Mailing yourself now and then. I think I should learn from you - a little surprise in the mail would bring me some joy, even though it was kinda orchestrated! If you do try the amazon links, please tell me how you like them. Those brands are not available where I live. If you do click the amazon link - you'll be my very first sale in amazon! Tell me if that happens alright! =)
Charlotte B Plum (author) on October 02, 2011:
Hyphenbird! Tell me how it goes when you experiment alright? I have never seen anyone serve them with cheese though. Now my mouth is watering too!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 01, 2011:
Tapioca Chips sound like they are made for me. Like Hyphenbird, I, too love unique chips. Never heard of them before finding your hub. I just may click on one of your links for amazon.com...would be fun to get them in the mail. I'm always checking to see if I have a surprise in my mailbox. I rarely do, so I mail myself something every now and then, forget about it, and am surprised when it arrives. Silly? Not as far as I'm concerned.:) Thanks for this hub, my friend! Rated up and across the board.
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on September 30, 2011:
Yum. I like crunchy, salty foods and love unique chips. I will make some of these very soon. they look really good and I can experiment with seasonings such as olive oil, rosemary and sea salt. My mouth is watering. laugh