There's nothing quite like treating yourself to a delicious Chinese takeaway on a Friday night. You don't have to cook and it tastes amazing - what more could you want? Whether you're a salt and pepper chicken sort of person, or you like sweet and sour, the likelihood is that you'll probably start off your meal with some prawn crackers and crispy seaweed. But do you actually know what crispy seaweed is?
Huge plot twist - it's not actually seaweed, and people feel like they've been "lied to" their "whole life" upon realising what it actually is. It's actually a humble cabbage, or greens. Who'd have thought it?
Angelica, who posts on TikTok under username @angelica.jells, exposed the fact that seaweed isn't actually seaweed and showed people a method to make the tasty treat at home, without the high price tag that often comes with a portion of the salty stuff.
Angelica said it's one of her favourite things to order when she gets a takeaway, saying that it's "actually a lot easier to make" than she thought.
She wrote: "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!"
In the video, she chopped the greens finely, and said "use the cheapest farmer's greens from Tesco etc", and she also recommended using cabbage if there aren't any greens at the supermarket.
"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."
At the end of the video, the 'seaweed' looked delicious, and people in the comments praised the creator for showing people how to make it themselves.
Someone said: "Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! I know what I'm eating this weekend!"
One recommended: "It's an extra step but if you parboil the green leaf then squeeze out water then fry, it takes out the bitterness, that's how we used to make it."
Another said that they'd want to air fry it, and Angelica said she didn't see why it couldn't be done in that way as an alternative. She also shared that the greens she bought cost just 71p.
"That looks so good! My local has put theirs up to £5", someone complained.
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