WASHINGTON, DC- MARCH 25, 2015:  Popeye's fried chicken photographed in Washington, DC (Photo by Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post).
The Mysterious Ingredient Responsible For
The Crispiest
Fried Foods
By Chase Shustack
There are several ways to make food crispy, but one key component makes or breaks the recipe — the batter. While some batters might promise to give you crispy fried food, one secret ingredient supposedly guarantees a perfect extra-crispy coating.
EverCrisp ensures a much crispier crust on your fried foods, and substituting 20% of regular flour for it in a recipe will prevent moisture from being absorbed into the food. EverCrisp is made using wheat dextrin, which helps it keeps food crispier for longer than an "egg-based" batter (via Food Hydrocolloids).
Eric Huang, chef and operator of Pecking House, uses EverCrisp in his recipe for the restaurant's famous fried chicken, and as Taste tells us, it gives the fried chicken an "earth shatteringly" crisp and crunchy texture. It would appear that EverCrisp does indeed work as intended and could stand up to a traditional fried chicken recipe or even blow it out of the water.