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where do you go for wings?

MPKen | Jan 21, 200312:45 PM

My wife is always ready to eat wings and we invariably end up ordering some wings whenever it is on the menu. Now I don't particularly go out of my way to get wings, but these are the few that I do like...

Chicken Wings in Spicy Salt (chinese style). Particularlly from JJ Cafe on Garvey in Monterey Park, but available at most HK-style cafes. JJ serves large pieces comparable in size to Hooters, although lately we've been getting only the wingettes and no drumettes. The wings are deep fried, with a light cripsy crust, stirfried with green onion, jalapeno, and salt, and served piping hot. No dipping sauce here, just some extra white pepper to add another level of hot. Each bite is filled with the sensation of breaking the hot crispy crust, followed by a release of the hot juicey meat underneath, culminating in the rush of salt and spice as the juices mix with the salt/jalapeno concoction. There are also the green onions and jalapenos from the stir frying laying around to garnish each bite.

Furaibo's Teba (extra hot). These savory treats hit the spot when accompanied by a cold Sapporro. Lightly coated and fried, these wings seem marinated and release a sweet and savory flavor with a hint of pepper. Fantastic texture and always juicy. Their chicken leg and thigh done the same way make for a mighty substantial snack. Multiple orders are needed to satisfy the nefarious wing eaters in all of us.

My favorite wings of all time were/are the Dynamite Wings from the now defunct Thai California that used to be a couple of doors down from Trashy Lingerie. These things were available so spicy that the burning sensation would travel from your mouth, to your lips, and eventually threaten to invade your nose. Frequent dousings of your mouth with Singha were manditory to keep from succumbing to the heat. These wings were deep fried with no breading and then tossed with a sugar, fish sauce, and sambal mixture that could power LA. Oh those wings were good. If I could only experience them again.

I bring this up because we went to a couple of bar/restaurants last friday and had wings at both places. One of the places was Hooters. I told my wife that their wings were 'OK', but she insisted on going there to trying them. I've had Hooters wings naked and breaded, hot and extra hot, and I have found them to be large and juicy, but just not that tasty. Mostly with too much vinegar and not enough heat. These I would classify as better than average, but no where near the hype.

I also did like McDonalds' Mighty Wings because those were freakishly large and well seasoned, so what do I know.

Thanks Chowhound for letting me express and lament about my experiences.

Chow on!


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