I can’t start to eat chips or I will have trouble stopping. This goes for all varieties of chips! Therefore, my visit to Ros Kerepek in Banting was a great temptation as I had trouble deciding what items to buy. I wanted them all!
With this visit, I also understood, finally, why no matter how I washed the salt from my chips, they are still salty. It is because the salt has been added into the oil!
This business was started by Roslan Bin Aziz, hence the name Ros Kerepek, in 1989. He incorporated his business a year later.
Today, Ros Kerepek is run by his son, Fauzi Bin Roslan, while Roslan himself takes charge of his other businesses.
Why is Ros Kerepek famous? Perhaps it is because they have a secret recipe. Maybe it is the method used to deep fry the chips.
Their most popular product is the purple tapioca chips, and chips of various flavours: BBQ, black pepper, curry, tomato, chicken and cheese. Next on the list of popularity are the banana chips (pisang tanduk) and chips of onion and anchovies.
Although the raw materials are sourced from local farms, these finished products are sold throughout Malaysia. Imagine, daily production is one tonne of tapioca and that’s excluding all the other products.
There are more than 20 in total. During peak seasons, daily production of tapioca increases to three tonnes. By the way, for every three kilogrammes of raw tapioca, it becomes only one kilogramme after frying.
Although frying chips seems like an easy job, it is a rather tricky process. First, peel the skin off the tapioca. Wash it, then slice it. Wash these slices again to remove the starch. This is in fact, the most important step.
Toss the water and put it in the fryer. This is an automatic machine which fries the chips for three minutes only. Each frying per three minutes produces one 5kg packet of chips. Therefore, about 300kg of chips are produced in a single day! This makes Ros Kerepek one of the biggest chips manufacturer in the area.
There are six fryers in Ros Kerepek’s production corner. Each fryer is used to fry one particular type of chips. Each fryer consumes 17 barrels of 5kg oil per day. The good news is, the oil is drained daily. This, at least, is a consolation.
Now, what’s your favourite flavour? I love mine spicy and salty. Oh, my!
Ros Kerepek Enterprise
Add: Jalan Sukun, Kampung Sungai Lang Baru, 42700 Banting, Selangor.
Tel: +603-3187 0512
Business hours: 8:30am – 10pm
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