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Appetizers

Soy garlic chicken wings from Hot n Sweet

Soy garlic chicken wings from Hot n Sweet
Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

If you're a fan of KFC wings — the kind lashed with Korean hot sauce rather than the Southern-style from a certain fast food chain — may think of them as just a form of basic sustenance. You spend your ... Read more

Total time: About 1 hour | Serves 12

Soy garlic sauce

  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

Step 1In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the corn syrup, soy sauce, water, sake, sugar, ginger and garlic. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until it is reduced to 1 quart, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Chicken batter

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup water, more as needed

Step 1In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sea salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the water to form a batter that has the consistency of cake batter (if the batter thickens too much, thin with additional water).

Soy garlic chicken wings

  • Oil, for frying
  • 3 pounds trimmed chicken wings, cut at the joints and wing tips removed (about 36 pieces)
  • Prepared batter
  • Prepared soy garlic sauce
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Sliced green onion, for garnish

Step 1Fill a 4-quart pot with frying oil to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Heat the oil to maintain a temperature of 350 degrees.

Step 2Working with a few pieces at a time, dip the chicken, into the batter, shaking off any excess. Deep fry the pieces until the crust is golden-brown and the meat is thoroughly cooked, about 8 minutes Drain the pieces on a rack and continue until all of the chicken is fried.

Step 3Toss the chicken in the soy garlic sauce (there may be some leftover), and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve the chicken, garnished with green onion.

Note: Adapted from a recipe provided by Hot n Sweet Chicken in Arcadia.

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