Chinese French Fries

When we were little, my mom used to name some of her classic dishes after more westernized foods so that my sister and I would be more receptive to them. Of course, this was before I became the worldly, confident individual I am now*. At the time, as a second-generation kid growing up in America, I’d much preferred a McDonald’s Happy Meal to whatever delicious five-dish Chinese meal my mom was preparing. It took me leaving home (for college) to really appreciate the home cooking I had taken for granted all that time.


Which brings me to Chinese French Fries. What an oddly named dish, right? This side dish or meal accoutrement is so easy to make – and yet I had never made it myself until recently. It’s a savory julienned potato dish that goes great with rice, any number of main dishes and I especially enjoy it with tomato egg. Happy cooking!


  • 1-2 Russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil


  1. Peel potatoes, then slice them julienne-style into thin, even strips.
  2. Heat up oil in a pan, then toss potatoes in. Keep tossing as it cooks and add soy sauce after a minute of cooking. It should sizzle!
  3. Salt as needed.


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