Did you know that you can peel water chestnuts easily with a fruit peeler? Well, I didn’t and only found out after I peeled at least 9 using my finger nails and a small knife.
This is how it all began. I was tasked to peel the water chestnuts for this Chinese New Year eve’s reunion dinner. My mom gave me instructions but I forgot them when she left.
So I went online and searched: “how to peel water chestnuts”. Maybe I should have used Baidu to search because it’s really a Chinese fruit.
I tried the first method which promised that I can peel it as easily as an orange or grapefruit. I tried and decided that my water chestnuts had developed a mutant shell that made it less peelable with my fingers.
The second method showed a bowl of nicely peeled water chestnuts so I followed the instructions and peeled my water chestnuts carefully with a knife. I was more than half way through the fruits when my dad came into the kitchen. He then said: Isn’t it easier with a fruit peeler?
I wanted to facepalm myself but I had a knife in my right hand and a water chestnut in my left.
Maybe my knife skill is terrible. The left was peeled with a knife and the right with a peeler.
Here’s a step by step guide of how to peel water chestnuts, the easy way.
Step 1: Cut off the top and bottom
Step 2: Peel with fruit peeler
Step 3: Done
I was wondering if this post should be on the travel blog or on my personal one. In the end I chose this blog because you might come across a pile of water chestnuts in an Asian market. Remember to grab a fruit peeler and and chomp your way through the crunchy, juicy, sweet fruit.