My mom lives Hong Kong when Toronto's cold. Here are strictures:

  1. Healthy frying is OK. Let's rule out deep-frying - it's unhealthy and can cause cancer.
  2. Her HK flat doesn't have a convection oven. She never bought microwave oven.

  3. She could buy a counter-top convection toaster oven, but she feels it's too eco-unfriendly and waste of money. Let's rule it out for now. If nobody comes up anything, she will reconsider. She has a rice cooker. Her kitchen looks like

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Sources - First pic beneath. Bottom pic.

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  • Does she have a regular oven (not convection, not microwave)?
    – Erica
    Aug 11, 2019 at 19:33
  • @Erica No, not ovens, as in the picture.
    – user24882
    Aug 11, 2019 at 19:57
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    So, you want a process to make potatoes crispy without heating them, at all? Not quite getting this.
    – FuzzyChef
    Aug 12, 2019 at 2:34
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    possibly related : cooking.stackexchange.com/q/18648/67
    – Joe
    Aug 12, 2019 at 6:10
  • @FuzzyChef "without heating them" I never said this.
    – user24882
    Aug 17, 2019 at 2:47

2 Answers 2


You will never achieve the same results without an oven or deep-frying.

Just pan-fry the potatoes in a little bit of oil; I'd par-boil the potatoes and finish them up in the pan.

  • This is good advice. For more specific technique, see here seriouseats.com/2014/04/… you can ignore other parts , but the potato process should give a good idea.
    – Ron
    Aug 13, 2019 at 2:54

If you want crispy potato wedges, you will need at least a tablespoon of oil and lots of heat. The supermarket offerings (oven chips etc.) have already been coated in oil even if they just require reheating.

If you are concerned about the environment and your health, your only solutions as far as I can see are either an air fryer or a Remoska. Both are very small efficient ovens, don't either require much oil, although the Remoska is much more versatile IMO.

Without concentrated heat and oil, the crispiness you seek will elude you.

https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/what-is-the-best-air-fryer-review-article https://www.remoska.co.uk/about-the-remoska/

  • I just edited my answer to clarify that we can use oil. Just no deep-frying.
    – user24882
    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:20
  • Mind responding in (by editing) your prior comment pls? Comment chains are more grueling to read.
    – user24882
    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:20

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