I found myself in GBK at the weekend. It was supposed to be family lunch at Las Iguanas, but a few seconds of appalling customer service had me trundle a few steps down Lakeside’s Boardwalk to the burger parlour.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it – a tasty “Capital” cheeseburger with standard accompaniments, a choice of brioche or regular sesame seed bun and all the monkey nuts you can eat. But the shoestring fries were great, particularly when you shake over their hei hei salt. Pretty much all American diner-style eateries in the UK coat the fries in a salty concoction, and I’d been meaning to make one of my own for ages. Serving up wedges this week meant this was a great excuse.
If you’re looking for an interesting salty-spicy mix to dust your chips or wedges, this is a great place to start. You can then of course add or remove other spices to your taste – a curry powder would be nice.
There’s two levels of seasoning here; in my experience of roasting potatoes the salt flavour simply disappears (where does it go?). So the initial salt is merely grist to combine the ingredients, whilst the second salting is the true seasoning of the wedges. You should really use garlic salt for hei hei seasoning but I prefer to have more granular (ha!) control over the seasoning.
Hei hei wedges (serves 2 as a side dish):
4 – 5 medium potatoes, Maris Piper or other fluffy variety
For the marinade:
2 cloves of garlic
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 ham stock cube (chicken would be fine)
Large pinch of salt
For the seasoning:
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. Slice the potatoes into wedge shapes.
- In a pestle and mortar, combine all the marinade spices and pound withe garlic until you have an orangey-brown paste. Add oil until you have a gloopy mixture and coat the wedges liberally. Arrange cut sides down on a baking tray and roast for 40 minutes, turning every ten minutes, until crisp and cooked through.
- Combine the seasoning ingredients and shake over the fries as you serve. You’ll probably have excess seasoning for another day.