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LONG BEACH, Calif.,
(October 28, 2004) --- Authentic Belgian Fries, featuring the
twice-fried or “shock-fried” cooking method, allowing the
naturally sweet flavor of the freshly peeled potato to burst forth while
creating that “all-satisfying” crunchy outside, are now
available at Big Dippers in The Pike at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach.
Big Dippers is one of only
two Belgian Fry eateries in the United States exclusively serving shock-fried
potatoes with exotic, homemade and traditional dipping sauces. The other
is the world-famous Pommes Frites in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
They both feature the authentic European recipe but use the Russet Burbank
potato instead of its European cousin, the Bentji. These potatoes are
perfect for baking, mashing and especially shock-frying.
“Belgian Fries are
so delicious that we knew we wanted to open an eatery immediately after
eating them and tasting the unique toppings served throughout Belgium
and Holland,” says Anu and Micheal Fergoda, co-owners of Big Dippers.
“The potato and cooking process is the key to the recipe. A method
that few know about, especially the actual temperatures and cooking
times that it takes to achieve the crispy, yet creamy, texture of the
potato pieces. With each batch of fries we serve, we are challenged
to meet the exact same Belgian style, which is very difficult when using
the shock-fried cooking method with fresh potatoes instead of frozen.”
The Big Dippers process begins
with the Russet Burbank potato. They are peeled in an automatic peeler
(capable of peeling more than 35-pounds per minute), hand-cut in 1/4”
to 1/2” thick pieces (much thicker than most American fries),
soaked in water and drained. In the first of the two-step cooking process,
the potatoes are immersed for several minutes in about 300-degree oil.
Next comes the shock-fry, where the potatoes are plunged into ultra-hot
oil for about a minute to create the legendary Belgian Fries texture
and taste. Big Dippers does not use the traditional animal fat but instead
uses a non-hydrogenated soybean oil.
They are immediately transferred
to a spiral tosser, which is imported from Europe, where the fries are
shaken, not stirred, and evenly salted with any excess oil falling through
the holes in the tosser’s base.
The fries are then scooped
into authentic Belgian paper cones and served with one of the 30 Exotic
Dip’em Sauces, which fall into five types with Tangy, Spicy, Garlic,
Sweet and Traditional European.
The Tangy Dip’em Sauces
include Barbeque Sauce, Chunky Blue Cheese, Chipotle Mayo, Dill Lemon
Mayo, Green Olive Mayo, Horseradish Mayo, Parmesan Ranch, Roasted Onion,
Smoked Eggplant Mayo and Sundried Tomato Mayo. The Spicy Dip’em
Sauces include Mexican Ketchup, Sambal Oelek, Sweet Chili and a house
specialty “Z-sauce.” The Garlic Dip’em Sauces include
Dijon Garlic Mustard, Pesto Mayo, Roasted Garlic Mayo and Rosemary Garlic
Mayo. The Sweet Dip’em Sauces include Hawaiian Pineapple Mustard,
Honey Dijon, Honey Mustard Mayo, 1000 Island, Peanut Satay, Southwestern
Sauce, and Sweet Mango Chutney. And the Traditional European Dip’em
Sauces include Dijon Mustard, Tarter Sauce, Picalilly (a curried Mustard),
Fritesauce, the Especial (fritesauce, ketchup and fresh onion), and
War Sauce (fritesauce, peanut satay and fresh onion).
Big Dippers come in three
sizes including the three-quarter-pound Regular for $3.50, the one-and-a-half-pound
Double for $5.50 and the two-and-a-half-pound Jumbo for $6.50. One sauce
is included with each order. Additional sauces are 50 cents each or
any three sauces for only $1.25.
Big Dippers, one of only two Belgian Fries eateries in the United States, exclusively serving shock-fried potatoes with exotic, homemade and traditional dipping sauces, is located in the Pike at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach at the end of Pine Avenue adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Long Beach Convention Center at 110 Bay Street. Ample parking is available in nearby parking structure; validation included with each purchase. For more information or directions, please call (562) 983-3813.