Have you ever had an epiphany that left you wanting to share it with the whole planet; to shout from the highest mountain or maybe click Share with the World on Facebook (if that option existed)? I have; in the form of an edible epiphany… More…
I have; in the form of an edible epiphany…crispy fried onions. Originally, I bought them for an Indian dish that I was making. The recipe called for these golden, crunchy toppings and said it was the only way to get an authentic depth of flavor in this Korma sauce. I had already tried several recipes in this particular book and was happy with the results, so I trusted that I needed to get these crispy onions if I wanted the recipe to turn out right.
I do not have an Asian store here on the island, so I had to purchase online. When the box arrived, as I started to open it, a sweet and savory scent tickled at my nose. By the time the box was completely open, the aroma was taunting me to open the contents inside. I submitted–and sliced open the top of the plastic bag holding in the cripsy tid bits of caramelized onion. I rushed over to the utensil drawer, grabbed a teaspoon, and experienced my first bite. It sort of hit me, the taste that is. It was strong, and meaty. There was a slight brininess that I was not expecting but still sweetly pleasing. I took another bite, and with that my head started spinning with all the ways that these little brown bits could be enjoyed–way beyond adding to my Indian sauce.
These fried onions could be put sprinkled over a salad, added to a sandwich, showered over rice, married with veg on a pizza, included in a stew or sauce, crushed for a breading on fish, artfully dropped atop soup, and my personal favorite, scooped up on a spoon and eaten straight.
If you have an Asian market near you, I highly recommend trying this tasty and versatile version of the onion. If you cannot find them, feel free to use this, or any other link on this page, to purchase through Amazon.com. And yes, I will get a few cents for your purchase, but that has no bearing on why I am sharing this product with you…I promise. I would be just as happy with you buying these golden fried onions in your neck of the woods, and supporting your local purveyor of global food.