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Tostones with Chile Vinegar

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The secret to chef Roy Choi's tasty fried plantains is the chile vinegar he sprinkles on top. A mix of garlic, rice vinegar and two chiles, it's great with everything you would add hot sauce to.

  1. 1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  2. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  3. 4 red jalapeño or Fresno chiles, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  4. 2 Thai chiles, stemmed
  5. Salt
  6. Vegetable oil, for frying
  7. 4 large green plantains, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  1. In a blender, puree the vinegar, garlic, jalapeño and Thai chiles until smooth. Transfer the chile vinegar to a bowl and season with salt.
  2. In a saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°. Working in batches, fry the plantains just until pale golden, 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the plantains to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Using a meat pounder or ceramic mug, flatten the plantain slices until they're 1/4 inch thick.
  3. Reheat the oil to 375°. Working in batches, fry the plantains until crisp, 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Serve with the chile vinegar.
Make Ahead The chile vinegar can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.