The web loves little greater than to gawk on the culinary horrors of TikTok, and the newest one making the rounds options “Sleepy Rooster,” which includes cooking hen breasts in a neon sea of cough syrup.
The on-line articles about it gasp on the risks of the supposed development, interviewing medical doctors concerning the potential hurt and making imprecise allusions to how widespread and horrifying it’s. (And to be clear: Don’t do that—it isn’t an ideal plan from a poison security standpoint.) However none appear to reveal any precise proof that folks tried to cook dinner their hen in cough syrup and really ate it.
At the very least one particular person cooked the dish: The unique video demonstrating sleepy hen got here out in 2020, from what’s clearly a satire account—in one other video, he grocery retailers dressed as a banana and tries to pay in “banana money.” His pioneering recipe for sleepy hen includes measurements similar to “four-thirds of a bottle,” methods like pouring the used cough syrup again into the bottle, and directions to boil for “5 to half-hour.” The completed dish consists of clearly still-raw hen, now an iridescent bluish-green shade. It didn’t embody footage of anybody consuming it.
Just like the time Gen Z took warmth for not believing birds are actual and the entire “TidePod problem” period, little proof exists that anybody has really consumed sleepy hen. Definitely, because the medical doctors interviewed by horrified writers on the NY Submit and Newsweek clarify, it will be a horrible concept. Cooking concentrates the drugs making it straightforward to take an excessive amount of. And anybody who lived via the “robotripping” period of medicine (which, sadly, was an actual factor) can let you know: It’s a no-good, very unhealthy concept.
Fortunately, no person appears to be really ingesting the disgusting “Sleepy Rooster” and when you search TikTok with that hashtag, the outcomes embody about 10 % folks horrified on the supposed development and 90 % folks displaying off their pet chickens taking a nap, which is a wonderful development that does deserve the web’s consideration.