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Food Hack: Shakey’s Mojos

Shakey's Mojos Food Hack Breading Sauce

Let’s be honest here- it ain’t the pizza that’s the best part of Shakey’s menu- it’s the mojos. These spuds are iconic, a trademarked specialty of the international chain, that has helped cement their status worldwide as a reliable place to dine. Recreating these mojos at home was always incredibly difficult- how do they get their distinct flavor? How does the breading get a crispy coating that gets delightfully soggy in parts?  Finally, we’ve decided to hack these golden potatoes, to get the answer everyone’s been looking for, and in our experiments, found flavor and texture that’s identical to the real thing.

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We were definitely comprehensive on this one, experimenting on virtually every supermarket breading in our test kitchen, until we achieved the right consistency. You can tell some coatings were thinner than others, others less golden, and upon trying them, others didn’t have the same garlicky, savory kick to them. After a few tests, we found that Ferna breading mix was the definite winner, a breading so similar to the one on the mojos, that we were convinced the Philippine branches use their mix.

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What makes mojos even better are the classic Garlic and Ceasar dips that come with every serving, and when hunting down a recipe, we came across the Lady’s Choice salad dressings that we are certain Shakey’s uses. For their Zesty Caesar, they use Lady’s Choice Classic Caesar, and their Garlic Ranch is definitely Lady’s Choice Ranch Dressing. If you’ve always been a fan of these classic deep-fried spuds, then you’ll be more than satisfied with this recipe. We think this might be our best hack yet.

Shakey's Mojos Food Hack

Food Hack: Shakey’s Mojo’s & Dip

Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes, sliced into 1/4” rounds
  • 2 packs Ferna all-purpose breading mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • cooking oil, for deep frying
  • Lady’s Choice Caesar or ranch dressing

Procedure

  1. In a bowl, whisk together eggs and water. Set aside.
  2. Clean potatoes and slice into 1/4” round, then put them straight into the egg-water mixture to soak.
  3. Heat oil until 350 degrees F.
  4. Coat potato slices with breading and deep fry in batches for 3-4 minutes. Drain in kitchen towel after to absorb excess oil.
  5. Transfer to serving plate and serve with either Caesar or ranch dressing.

Note: Mert’s Chicken Breading comes close, so this can be used as substitute for the breading mix. You can fry it longer to have a softer/mushier texture.

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43 Responses

    1. it is used for soaking together with egg so you could use it as a binder for the breading

  1. i got the Ferna brand at Shopwise festival mall alabang I used also the Crispy fry original mix and its almost taste like mojos indeed

  2. I used Mert’s breading bec I wasn’t able to find the Ferna brand. I didn’t know how the Ferna taste like, but I was satisfied with the Mert one; albeit with some modification. I added lots of freshly cracked pepper (I probably had 25 turns of the mill) and a healthy sprinkling of my copycat seasoned salt. Before I fried it, i brined it in a solution of cold water, seasoned salt, regular salt, and white vinegar. Brine it in a min of 4 hrs (I did mind for about 6 hrs), remove the brine, and start the dredging and frying process. The brining made the potatoes tender and removed the unnecessary starch from the potatoes.

    The thickness also plays a crucial part. Slice it too thin and you’ll end up with crispy potato chips (speaking from experience). 1/4″ is the perfect thickness. the guideline I used for making the slice is the Mcdo french fries (though I also consulted my ruler to know how 1/4″ should be like)

    I also used this for fried chicken btw.

  3. Ferna breading mix nailed it! Thank you for this food hack, we now enjoy mojos without going to Shakey’s.

  4. ferna did the trick. Mert is really a faraway no. 2 compared to it. In terms of color flavor and texture. If you find it a bit bland you could of course add some seasoning. Still, that is what the dip is for.

  5. i finally found ferna! they just restocked it in SM tunasan. I bought 3 packs so that I can try multiple times. ^_^

  6. tried the ferna mix and for me, it tasted just like the mojos at shakey’s. would have been nice if you included recipe for the gravy too. 😉

  7. I tried both Ferna and Mert. Neither did the job. Both were too bland despite the similarity in texture and appearance.

  8. so i just finished cooking them using Mert. it was very good. alot similar to the picture below. although a bit lacking in taste without the dressing. next time i will try ferna.

  9. Ferna Breading Mix nailed it 🙂 my brother bought the breading mix at CnC Makati. but yesterday a friend of mine told me that the brand was already out of stock.

  10. I was able to buy Ferna breading mix at SM Makati. 🙂 Ferna has a separate shelf so you won’t find it among the other breading mixes.

    1. WHERE?! i went there during the storm blackouts to buy candles and ferna. where is this “ferna shelf” located?! please guide me! i only have mert since it is easy to find @_@

  11. Tried it! Of course, it’s not quite the real thing. Copycat recipes rarely are. But it’s pretty close. 4.5 stars out of 5!

  12. LIES! Not like mojos at all. Tried at home and they tasted more like jack and jill potato chips.

    1. Well, maybe you just lack the skill to pull this off? Huehuehue.
      Seriously, if your results are different from hers then don’t go blaming her. Maybe something went wrong with yours.

  13. Found that pink pack at Daily Supermarket (20th Ave., cor. P.Tuazon) yesterday, priced at P12.50, too 🙂

  14. Have you tried making a slurry using a couple of tablespoons of the breading mix and just a little bit of water? It would still adhere to the potatoes if you pat dry those first. No need for eggs. IMO, this leaves the cooking oil with less breading mix residue after frying. This is helpful when frying large batches, as, after a while, the oil will not have too much burnt particles which may stick to the potatoes and impart a bitter flavor.

    1. It won’t make “talsik” because the breading mix will absorb the liquid, making it dry enough to not spatter when dropped in the hot oil.

  15. I think the breading was bought in Unimart. If you all look closely at the pictures the price tag is there with the Unimart logo 🙂

  16. My friend was searching for the Ferna Breading Mix for almost half of the day to no avail. People were even telling him that they haven’t heard of that brand at all. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THE COOKING GODS, JUST TELL US WHERE YOU BOUGHT THOSE GLORIOUS PACKS OF POWDERED DELICIOUSNESS SO WE COULD FINALLY INDULGE IN THOSE TASTY POTATO GOODNESS WITHOUT THE SERVICE CHARGE!!! erm… I mean please? :3

      1. I was able to buy Ferna in SM Makati yesterday for 12 bucks!

      2. Boo, not at Makati Supermarket? If it’s at Unimart and Cash and Carry, I’d expect MS to have it too.

      3. As of right now, winner ferna and runner up mert are still available at unimart ghills! Hurry guys! Hehe

  17. I have also tried recreating mojos using a Del monte chicken breading mix, and in my opinion, it is also close to the real thing!

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