What's better than fried chicken wings? STICKY fried chicken wings! I don't think I've ever met any sticky food I don't like (natto isn't food unless you're Japanese). I've certainly never met chicken wings I don't like. And coke is tasty, so why not put the two together? Chicken and coke make a natural pair. When chicken meets coke is kinda like when Harry met Sally. It's so obvious they should be together. (If you're too young to know what When Harry Met Sally is, click here.)
|Is Sticky Lemon Coke Chicken Wings as good as the sandwich Meg Ryan ate in 'the restaurant scene'?|
|No, it's better! It's not gonna give you a you-know-what though, but neither would a sandwich no matter how good.|
That restaurant scene is still funny, btw, after . . . good grief, 23 years!
|STICKY LEMON COKE CHICKEN WINGS|
(Recipe for 4 persons)
500 g chicken mid-joint wings, rinse and drain
2 tsp grated lemon zest, optional
2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
2 tbsp light soya sauce
2 cloves garlic, pounded
¼ ground white pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup regular coke
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp toasted white sesame seeds or grated lemon zest
Thoroughly mix chicken with all marinade ingredients except white sesame oil, in a dish that can hold the wings in a single layer. Drizzle with sesame oil and mix again. Cover and refrigerate 24-48 hours. Turn chicken over once mid-way, or more often if you're diligent.
Drain chicken, removing garlic if any. Bring to room temperature. Pan-fry in hot vegetable oil till golden brown, in 2 batches if necessary. Remove chicken to a plate. Remove oil as well. Put coke and marinade in the wok. Boil on high heat till reduced to about one-quarter. Add sugar and lemon juice. Continue reducing till dark and thick. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add chicken wings and toss till well coated. Garnish with white sesame seeds or lemon zest. Eat with hands, please. That's the proper thing to do.