Best Appetizer With or Without Drinks
Echoes of CAT Airlines
These 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.
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.