I get the request from one of my reader for the recipe of Chinese syrup coated peanut. I have searched some information and find a little bit hard to give an exact name of this dish. Generally it is a Chinese snack, coated peanut with strong sweet taste (Chinese coated peanuts).
There are other coated peanuts as snacks in China. I have been eating them for years in my childhood. Each New Year, my mother will provide the children with various snacks and this coated peanut is on the list. However I do not recommend having too much each time since it contains a large amount of sugar.
Firstly for stir-frying the peanuts, using slow fire otherwise you may get the surface burned but inner part still uncooked. The most important step of this recipe is to make the sugar syrup. Be patient with it please!
- 300g peanuts
- 60g cornstarch or sweet potato starch
- 150g granulated sugar (or more as needed)
- Half cup of clean water
- Stir-fry the peanuts in a wok with slow fire until they are very crisp. (You will hear the pa pa sound during the process). Transfer out and set aside.
- Place the cornstarch in a bowl and heat with high fire for 2 minutes in a microwave oven (to remove the raw taste)
- Heat the sugar along with water in a wok. Stir consciously until the thin syrup bubbles and there can form a syrup line if you pull the slice up. Stir in the peanuts and make the peanuts well coated with syrup. Gradually add the corn starch, do a quick stir-fry until the peanuts are coated with starch.
- Then transfer out and filter the extra starch. Let them cool down, and serve.