People Are Making Deep-Fried Water and We're as Confused as You Are
Don't try this at home.
(SPOT.ph) Fried chicken, french fries, doughnuts, bagnet…. deep-fried eats are pretty much synonymous with all things indulgent and drool-inducing. But alas, this is the Internet, where no ideas are off-limits—and now, people are deep-frying water. That’s right: Deep-fried water is taking off on TikTok and Youtube, and we know you’re probably curious: How does it work? What the heck does it taste like? Most importantly: Why?
We can at least answer the first question. Deep-fried water isn’t literally plain water that’s deep-fried—that would be dangerous. Rather, it involves a combination of calcium chloride and sodium alginate along with water, which forms a gelatin-like ball of water bound in a liquid membrane. This ball is then breaded—similar to how you would tempura or croquettes—and then fried to a crisp Don’t try this at home; if water leaks out from the sphere while it’s frying, it could potentially explode!
The idea of deep-frying water isn’t completely new; Youtuber Jonathan Marcus uploaded a video for the recipe—if you can call it that—in 2016, for an event dubbed the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon 2.0, we kid you not.
But it started getting traction again as famous science Youtube channel The Action Lab came out with their own take in December of 2020, where host James Orgill prepares two versions—one breaded in panko and another breaded in Dixie Fry coating mix.
Today, you can even find clips of people trying their hands at deep-fried water on TikTok.
We don’t have the guts to try this ourselves, but it doesn’t sound like it’s worth the effort anyway. If you’re wondering how it actually fares, well, Marcus reports it to be bland. Meanwhile, Orgill tells VICE it tasted “really gross... There’s no flavour, and it just tastes kind of salty and slimy.”
In any case, deep-fried water does make for a cool way to geek out on chemical compounds, if that’s your thing. We’ll stick to fried chicken, thanks.
this strange new world.