Finally, the sun showed up a few hours today and I got my simple experiment done. The experiment was about crackers / kropek. Are they for real?
A ready to cook shrimp cracker can be bought from groceries and supermarkets. Fry it over a medium heat and see the pieces grow bigger, float and become crispy. A ready to eat versions are also available. They come in variety of sizes and flavors. A ready to cook version seems more real than ready to eat. The first appears to be healthier than the latter.
Both of them can be fake. Starch + salt + artificial flavors. You get nothing but carbohydrates, salts and loads of man made chemicals. Be reminded that manufacturers produce them to make money, not to make their customer healthier.
E.g. Shrimp kropek can be made of rice, shrimp etc… It could also be made of rice and artificial shrimp flavor. Rice alone can be a cracker so anyone could process it without using real shrimp.
Lets get moving…
1) Get a few tablespoon of ground rice and place it in bowl. Add water little by little while mixing. It should be enough just to make a rice dough.
2) Flatten the dough on a saucer, on aluminum foil or bakery paper. Steam for three minutes.
3) Let cool for a minute and cut to desired sizes. Using a pizza cutter is recommended. Note: try to make your own flavored cracker thinner than this.
4) Place on aluminum tray and dry until brittle.
5) Fry over medium heat and voila! The non-flavored crackers are ready. If a flavored kropek is desired, go back to step 1 and add the flavor of choice.
Eating it is quite enjoyable. Feels like eating commercial crackers except that it contain no flavors.