Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato

Chinese name: 酸辣土豆丝 (Suān Là Tǔ Dòu Sī)

Style: Sichuan (Szechuan) Cuisine

Although the Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato belongs to Sichuan Cuisine, it now is a favorite for many diners all over China. The dish has been one of the most well-known home-style dishes.

Except that people can easily accept the pleasant spicy and sour flavor, the dish has very simple cooking method, and its main ingredient potato is reasonably priced in all seasons. When cooked well, it looks bright and the potato shreds are clear and crisp.


Recipe of Cooking Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato



potato, 300g
green pepper, 15g

Ingredients of Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato


cooking oil; dried chili peppers; salt; white vinegar; green onion; garlic

Note: Ingredient quantities and seasonings above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.


1. Peel the potato and clean it. Cut into thin and homogeneous shreds. Soak in salt water for 10 minutes in order to remove the starch. Drain well.
2. Clean the green onion and dried chili peppers. Cut into thin shreds.
3. Discard the pedicels and seeds of green peppers and shred them.
4. Remove the husk of garlic. Clean it and cut into small slices.

Note: To save time, it is also fine to prepare the potato using a vegetable shredder.
Preparation of Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato



Preheat a wok. Pour in cooking oil and heat it until hot. Add in garlic, green onion and dried chili peppers. Fry for 5-10 seconds until fragrant.

Stir-fry Garlic and Green Onion

Add the shredded potato. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.

Add Shredded Potato

Pour in 2-3 teaspoons of white vinegar along the brim of the wok. Combine well with the potato shreds. Add in the green peppers, and mix with the potato shreds. Stir-fry for 20-30 seconds until the potato is well cooked.

Add Vinegar and Green Pepper

Add some salt and combine well. Turn off the heat and dish up.

Add Salt

The Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato is prepared. The transparent shredded potato is appealing.

Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato

Tips for Making the Best Spicy and Sour Shredded Potato:

1. After shredding the potato, it is suggested to soak it immediately; otherwise, it will be oxidized and turn black.
2. Rinse the potato shreds with tap water once again after soaking. In this way, the starch on the surface will leave, and the potato shreds won’t stick to the wok during frying.
3. White vinegar is the best choice to present the sour flavor.
4. Do follow the recipe to add in vinegar along the brim of the wok. Pouring it straight on the potato shreds would influence the flavor.

Benefits of the Ingredients:

1. Potato: improving the function of intestines and stomach, preventing the high pressure, relieving the chronic stomachache, lowering lipid and anti-aging.
2. Green peppers: relaxing the respiratory passage, relieving cough and cold, preventing the cronary arteriosclerosis
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