Yuca, asweet root vegetable abundant in Latin America and theCaribbean, can be found inLatin markets; we fried ours in garlic-infused oil and servedit with lemon, but it's also good dunked in mojo sauce.
Cut yuca crosswise into 2-inch pieces. Cut each piece into 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick strips. Cut out the tough core from the inner edge of each piece; discard core. Transfer yuca to a large saucepan. Cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Cook until just soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Drain, and pat dry.
Heat 5 inches oil in a 4-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat until it registers 360 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Fry garlic until golden, about 1 minute. Discard garlic. Working in batches of several strips, fry yuca, turning once, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels using a slotted spoon; let drain. Sprinkle with salt. Serve with lemon wedges.
Yuca is a starchy root with tough, brown skin, crisp, white flesh, and a mild flavor. It is also known as cassava.