Tornado potato

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Tornado potatoes
Alternative namesTwist(ed) potatoes, tornado fries
Place of originSouth Korea
Main ingredientsPotatoes, cooking oil
Korean name
Revised Romanizationhoeori-gamja

Tornado potatoes (Korean: 회오리 감자; hoeori gamja), also called twist potatoes, potato swirl, potato on a stick, tornado fries[1][2] or (in Australia) chips on a stick, are a popular street food in South Korea,[3] originally developed by Jeong Eun Suk of Agricultural Hoeori Inc.[1][4] It is a deep fried spiral-cut whole potato on a skewer, similar to a French fry, brushed with various seasonings such as onion, cheese, or honey. Some varieties have spliced sausages in between.[5] It is also popular in Australia.

By country[edit]


In Australia, tornado potatoes are known as "chips on a stick", as "chips" refers to both fries and crisps in Australian English. They are popular at several events, including agricultural shows and carnivals, such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show.[6]

South Korea[edit]

Tornado potatoes are a popular street food in South Korea.


In Mexico or places in the U.S. that are predominantly Mexican, these are known as "Espiropapas", which translates to "spiral potato". They can usually be found in places like flea markets and are typically served with ketchup.


In Poland, the fries can be found at beaches, and can be coated with chicken seasoning or pizza seasoning.


In Kurdistan Region, tornado potato’s are so popular that most of the stands in the bazaar or parks or etc. sell them and they usually put a sauce made up of ketchup and sumac.


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  1. ^ a b "Twist potato(Pd No. : 3060030)". buyKOREA. KOTRA. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ Kuban, Adam (27 June 2009). "The Tornado Potato Touches Down in the U.S." Serious Eats. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  3. ^ Adeline, Tay (2016). "Singapore's "Snackscapes"". In Kong, Lily; Sinha, Vineeta (eds.). Food, Foodways and Foodscapes: Culture, Community and Consumption in Post-Colonial Singapore. Singapore: World Scientific. p. 45. doi:10.1142/9416. ISBN 978-981-4641-21-0.
  4. ^ 최, 혜령 (16 May 2016). "'회오리감자' 특허취득 개발자, 길거리 유사품 막지 않는 이유는…" [The patent owner and creator of 'Tornado potatoes' won't stop copycat street products because...]. The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  5. ^ Chakraborty, Shruti (3 April 2016). "Seoul Food: Hitting the streets in search of Octopus". The Indian Express. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Muchos Nachos & Chips on a Stick - Sydney Showground". Retrieved 25 June 2023.