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South African Slap Chips

Floppy chips, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: deep-fried chips, slap chips


  • 5 medium potatoes
  • vegetable oil for frying, about 2 cups
  • salt
  • vinegar


  • Peel potatoes and slice them into 1cm sticks. Cut the potatoes vertically into 4 pieces and then vertically into sticks again
  • Place them in a bowl and cover them with water. Allow them to soak for 5 minutes
  • Drain the water and place them in a microwave safe plate. Spread them out and microwave for 5 minutes
  • Heat the oil, on medium heat, until hot
  • Cook the chips in 2 batches. It will take about 5 minutes to cook, may start to brown a little on the edges and will surface to the top. They shouldn't brown too quickly or the insides won't be cooked. Remove with a slotted spoon
  • Place them between paper towels and dab the excess oil, keeping it closed. The moisture will allow the chips to soften
  • Sprinkle some salt over and a dash of vinegar. Mix well and enjoy


  1. If the chips are browning too soon you can reduce the temperature a little