What is a Chin Chin?

chin chin

Chin chin is a fried snack snack that is very popular in western Africa, especially in Nigeria. Usually, chin chin is square, but some people make them in other shapes.

Chin chin snack
chin chin snack

Steps for making chin chin

If you want to make chin chin, you will need flour, sugar, salt, butter, egg milk, and vegetable oil. The first step is to pour all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Then add the melted butter, with the eggs and milk last. Next, roll the above ingredient mixture into a dough. Then cut the dough into pieces of 2 to 3 cm square dough, about 6 mm thick. Next, pour vegetable oil into a pot and bring it to a boil. Gently place the cut dough into the oil and fry until golden brown. The texture is a bit like a doughnut with grease.
Some people will use different patterns to make different flavors of chin chin pastries. For example, adding vanilla flavoring or nutmeg. Others will add cowpeas or baking powder. Those who are into healthy eating will make chin chin pastries by baking rather than frying.

Best chin chin recipe
best chin chin recipe

How to make chin chin quickly?

Many people want to engage in the making of chin chin and then make a profit from it. Then you will need to make a lot of chin chin snacks in a short time. At this time, things will be much easier if you have a complete chin chin production line. Equipment for chin chin making includes a dough kneader, dough flatter machine, chin chin cutter, chin chin fryer, de-oiling machine, seasoning machine, and packaging machine. The chin chin production line is not only high output but also easy to operate.

Chin chin production line
chin chin production line

Another method of making this snack

As mentioned before, chin chin is not only square. Some people like to cut it into triangles or roll it into round balls. In Nigeria, the locals also have an elaborate practice. They cut the dough into strips, then cross and twist them together, gluing the ends together. This practice is much more complicated than making it directly into a square shape. The square chin chin pastry is the most common one because it is not only easy to make but also easy to eat. People can see this kind of food in several places. In western Africa, people usually buy this snack from street vendors or open-air markets. In addition, in the United States and the United Kingdom, where there are many West African immigrants, supermarkets also sell chin chin pastries. It is also a relatively common snack at weddings and parties.