People say they feel they’ve been ‘lied to’ after finding out how crispy seaweed in Chinese takeaways is made.
When you opt for a Chinese takeaway, there are always a few classics that you’ll want to add to your order.
Spring rolls, prawn crackers, and crispy wontons are often among the non-negotiables that most of us include in our takeaway feast.
But there’s another item on the menu that the internet is having some strong feelings about this week.
People are discovering how crispy seaweed is made, and it has left many people online feeling shocked.
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Crispy seaweed is the cherry on top of any Chinese meal.
Basically, whatever you sprinkle it on automatically tastes amazing.
But this week, a revelation about this crispy seaweed has left the internet baffled.
People are discovering what it is, and how it’s made – and it’s absolutely not what anybody thought!
Angelica, who posts on TikTok under username @angelica.jells, brought this revelation to the internet’s attention.
She shared a recipe to help Chinese takeaway lovers to create their beloved side dish at home – but in the process, she revealed to the world that it’s not actually made from seaweed at all!
Angelica writes: “So the idea of crispy seaweed not actually being made of seaweed really baffled me, I felt lied to! I had to recreate it, and it was honestly so easy, all you need is green leaves and some seasonings!
“The fish flavour actually comes from ground-fried tuna, which is just crazy to me! Making this instantly gave me all the nostalgia and reminded me of Chinese takeaways I used to eat as a kid!”
She claims the ‘seaweed’ in question is simply ‘the cheapest farmer’s greens from Tesco’.
Angelica even recommends using cabbage if there aren’t any greens available in your local shop.
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She instructs: “Fry the leaves for about two to three minutes, then scoop it out when it’s nice and crispy and give it a shake.
“Drain on a plate with some tissue and then add two teaspoons of sugar, a tiny sprinkle of salt, and a little bit of MSG.
“To make it exactly how the Chinese takeaway does it we’re going to add some ground fried fish.”
@angelica.jells So the idea of crispy seaweed not actually being made of seaweed really baffled me, i felt lied to! I had to recreate it, and it was honestly so easy, all you need is green leaves and some seasonings! The fish flavour actually comes from ground fried tuna, which is just crazy to me! Making this instantly gave me all the nostalgia and reminded me of Chinese takeaways i used to eat as a kid!🥡🥢 Fry the leaves at 180 degrees Use the cheapest farmers greens from tesco ect, its nothing fancy, you can use cabbage if you can’t find leaves✌🏾 #chinese #chinesetakeaway #recipe #recipeinspo #cooking #fresh #homemade #tuna #healthy #chef ♬ Flow – Jeff Kaale
People have been trying out the recipe and offering their satisfied reviews in the comments section.
One writes: “Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! I know what I’m eating this weekend!”
Another advises: “It’s an extra step but if you parboil the green leaf then squeeze out the water then fry, it takes out the bitterness, that’s how we used to make it.”
Another has asked Angelica if this could work in the air fryer, and she responded that she didn’t see why not.
While someone else has taken to the comments and shared their shock at finding out what the ‘seaweed’ is really made from, penning: “So, when I found out there was actually no seaweed in it, I felt like I had been lied to my whole life and it’s actually a lot easier to make than I thought.”