You know that feeling when you reach into a pile of French fries and find a ridiculously long piece of fried potato, so extraordinary in length, you swear you could tie your shoe with it, if it weren’t fresh out of a deep fryer?
Well, the folks at Harajuku Gyoza, a Japan-based dumpling restaurant, have decided that everyone should be able to enjoy miraculously long fries again and again.
In fact, the eatery has started selling plates of foot-long fries, which are exactly what you’re imagining: ultra-long, crispy fries that are the same length as your face and require multiple bites to finish.
You’re probably wondering where on earth Harajuku Gyoza finds such massive potatoes to make these crispy creations. The answer is nowhere, they don’t exist. Instead, potatoes are mashed into a sort of batter-like consistency. Then, the potato mixture is gathered into balls, and they’re placed, one by one, into a special machine that presses out long sticks of potato directly into a deep fryer. It kind of looks like pasta in the making.
Check out some visuals of the process here:
Once you get your basket of fresh #longfries, you can top them with one of two Japanese dipping sauces (let’s be honest, eating a dry French fry is pretty much pointless): a creamy shiitake mushroom sauce or a more traditional Japanese mayonnaise… though no one’s judging if you want to stick with regular ketchup or vinegar.
Currently (and so very sadly), these delightful, fried creations are only available at Harajuku Gyoza locations in Japan and Australia. But, honestly, they don’t look all that hard to make at home. All you’d need is some mashed potatoes, that special, handheld press (a piping bag might work) and a deep fryer.
Alas, we’ll likely be dreaming of long fries in our sleep tonight. But fries are a normal thing to dream about, right?