Mandarin Walnuts

Best Appetizer With or Without Drinks
Echoes of CAT Airlines

China - ConfuciusThese deep-fried Walnuts are an excellent appetizer, with or without drinks.  Served piping hot, they were a feature of the First Class cabin in the old Civil Air Transport planes when CAT was the flag carrier of the Republic of China.  The airline is now just  a memory, but you can make the appetizer easily yourself and they keep well in air-tight tins.

Cooked Walnuts as an appetizer occurs in several versions in Chinese Cuisine; this is one of them.

These Walnuts would go nicely with a couple of other Chinese appetizers, such as White=Cut Chicken, sliced thinly, and maybe Chinese Sausage with Mustard, to make a flight of appetizers.

Mandarin Walnuts



1½ cups Walnut halves or large pieces
2 cups hot Water
½ cup Sugar
1 cup Oil


Pour the boiling Water over the Walnuts and let it stand 2 or 3 minutes.  Drain them well. Then transfer the Walnuts to a baking sheet, sprinkle with the Sugar and mix well.  Spread in a single layer and let stand overnight to dry.

Next day, heat the Oil in a wok or skillet until very hot, but being careful not to let it smoke. Add the Walnuts in small batches and fry until golden brown, 1 or 2 minutes.  Watch carefully; they can burn quickly.  Drain the nuts on a rack.  If you don’t serve them right away, store them in tightly covered containers in a cool dark place.  They will keep well.

The Oill can be strained and used several time more for this recipe if you are making a large quantity.


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