Lazy Man’s Homemade Fries

I was looking for the onion that I bought over the weekend, but I could not find it. Instead, I found 2 potatoes in that bag of onion. The cashier in AEON must have mixed up my item with the fella behind me in the queue.

Oh dear.. I had no plans for potatoes. What am I gonna do with them? I can’t possibly eat potatoes with instant noodles. And I definitely can’t eat potatoes by themselves. There’s no way to cook plain potatoes without it tasting bland..

Wait a minute.. What am I talking about? Of course I can cook plain potatoes. I can either have mashed potatoes, or something slightly more tedious to prepare but infinitely more exciting!

What’s it gonna be? Decisions, decisions, decisions..


  • 2 potatoes
  • Salt, pepper, olive oil
  • 1 lemon

Nothing else…


  • Peel the potatoes, then cut them into strips.
  • Soak the strips in cold water for 2 minutes to remove the starch. Discard the water.
  • Rinse the strips over running water for another 30 seconds to remove even more starch.

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  • Let the strips dry for 10 minutes. You can use paper towel to soak the water away if you want to.
  • Drizzle the strips with some olive oil and mix them thoroughly. The oil will prevent the strips from sticking to the baking paper, and help with our quest to attain crispiness.
  • Lay the strips out on a piece of baking paper. Make sure the strips are not overlapping. 180°C in the oven for 25 minutes. 160°C in my oven, as I have noted my oven seems to be slightly inaccurate on the high side when it comes to temperature control.

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  • Use a fork to test on one strip, make sure it is soft and fluffy thoroughly. Then set the oven to 210°C and go for another 5 minutes to get the crisp. 190°C in my oven.
  • Let the strips cool down for 10 minutes before handling them. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice accordingly and mix them all up.

Done. Lazy Man’s Homemade Fries. I don’t have like tartar sauce with my fries, so I went with some Nando’s hot peri-peri sauce. Serve with some fresh strawberries. Now that’s dinner 😉 .

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What do you mean it is awkward? Strawberries and fries are not awkward together. They are delicious together! In fact, they’re the perfect match together!

Trivia: French Fries originated from Belgium, not France.


    • Baked fries lah, don’t be so technical about things! 😀
      By the way, did you get a bunch of traffic to your When I Was A Kid… post? Maybe you should check out Cheeming Boey’s Facebook page 😉

      • Yes, I did get extraordinary traffic numbers to my post on “When I was a kid”…like 300 in less than 24 hours (and that’s a lot, for me, coz sometimes I don’t even get 30 a post in one day…hahaha! I see on his Facebook page that some of his fans from Ipoh, JB and even Brunei came all the way here for his book signing. Perhaps, you can consider coming to KL for his next book signing (if he doesn’t get to where you are).

  1. By the way, just to let you know, I just hopped over to your old blog, it was a good read too except that the font is really so small for my eyes… ouch!

  2. oh it’s baked fries instead of the deep fried ones!! I like that, and you also leave the skin on!! I double like that.. I see lemon in your ingredients, hmmm, that is something interesting, I like the zest of lemon, so triple like here!! hahahaha.. if only you hsve sea salt then I’ll give you a quadruple like~~ :p

  3. Sounds good to me! I like to eat both, just don’t know how they taste together. Did you put both fries and strawberries into your mouth at the same time and chew them? Or alternate them, eat fries, swallow, eat strawberries, swallow?

  4. So did you pay for the onions or potatoes? I think for the onions, but got potatoes? Ahhh, fries with strawberries, your food, your tummy, your sukak lah, hor? I would add a dollop of vanilla ice cream or sour cream timmm.. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver making homemade fries like that, in fact, many, not only him.. Some use sweet potatoes, more healthy wer.. Same style, cut into strips, season with olive oil and pepper or garlic powder and what-not, and bake, yummzzzz!

    • I don’t really know what I paid for, I already thrown the receipt away. I guess the price is about the same, so I didn’t really bother.

  5. Just as I was about to blurt out “What? Fries with strawberries??!!” I noted your caption below the last photo:) I guess it is what you like so who cares, right? Gosh, I would love to have some fries right now 🙂

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