Scott Heimendinger, director of applied research for Modernist Cuisine, shares this recipe from the Modernist Cuisine at Home cookbook. He first makes a Korean marinade for the wings, then tosses them in a mixture of potato starch and the secret ingredient, Wondra, to make an extra-crispy coating after deep-frying.
What to buy: MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a chemical compound in the form of a white, coarse powder with very little flavor of its own. It acts as a flavor enhancer that seems to make the tongue more receptive to savory and salty tastes. Look for it in Asian grocery stores or online.
Michiu is a dry wine used often in Chinese cooking. Look for it in Asian grocery stores or online.
Special equipment: You will need a deep-frying/candy thermometer for this recipe.