A man was selling ready-to-cook potato fries. I wondered if it was good or not but I will never know unless I try. I approached the man and asked about details.
The potato fries cost 55 per 1/2 kilogram or 220 per whole pack. He said it is the same kind which popular fast food chains like Jollibee and McDonald serve.
No additional details provided. I bought 1/2 kilogram and asked for the empty package. I also bought a little cheese powder for five pesos. I wonder why it is yellow even if most cheese are color white to yellow.
It is the Lutosa Shoestrings. The two thin lines below the name “Lutosa” are “shoestrings” translations to other languages. Here it goes – allumetes, fijne frieten, pommes frites im feinschnit, shoestrings, patate sticks, patatas fritas pinas, batatas fritas extrafinas, pommes stripes, potatisar, tyndskarne pommes frites, tikkuperunat, pom’strips and a language not supported by my keyboard.
Ingredients, cooking instructions, storage and nutritional values were written in 12 different languages. The ingredients are potatoes and vegetable oil. The cooking instructions – in a fryer, half-fill the basket and fry for three to four minutes in a pre-heated oil at 175°C. Too bad the English storage and nutritional information were torn.
Inspection. Product was partly thawed. Not frozen sticks are soft. Some are too soft that it can be folded without breaking. Width and thickness are almost uniform but the lenghts are irregular. It is totally different from the potato fries within this instructions, “How to Make French Fries and Potato Fries, Direct Frying Method“. The sticks are oily – a sign that it undergone pre-cooking process.
After frying. The product texture is basically the same, soft potato sticks with crispy surface. The crispiness loss is also as fast. I sprinkled some cheese flavor. It tasted good but dipping in ketchup is better.