So when we were served CNY goodies, I remembered his FB status about the hard work that went into making them. I didn't know something as simple as fried crabsticks could taste so good...and addictive!
After helping them finish half a tupperware of the sticks, I was inspired to attempt it too and promptly went to the grocer to get myself some curry leaves since we already had the sticks at home.
defrosted crab sticks
fragrant curry leaves
throw all into the pot for a swim in the hot oil
1st batch got burnt!
the 2nd batch - just nice. after mixing with the burnt ones, it had a variety of golden brown crunchy hues!