Cola Glazed Wings (可樂雞翼)
While some eat to live, others live to eat. I like to think myself as an adventurous eater, someone who likes to embrace different cuisines from rudimentary to refined, someone who likes to try new ingredients and flavors, and most importantly someone who loves food of all kind.
With that said, it is really hard to image that I was a picky eater when I was little. I would refuse to eat any meat that had bone in it. Now, it would not be a problem had I grown up in the States. But in China, most of the meat is prepared and served with bones in it. As a result I missed out a lot of meat dishes and the issue became a health concern.
Like every caring parent, my parents started to dress up the meat dishes with the stuff I liked in hope I’d change my preference on meat. Guess what, one day I was told the name of this new dish they just learned and I was so curious that I had to give it a try. Like a magic medicine, I was instantly “sold” on this piece of bony meat that I had detested. Since then, I have been a rather “normal” meat eater happily ever after…..
The magic dish is popular Chinese dish called Cola Glazed Wings. The name might sound odd but it was irresistible to me because at the time I was all too crazy about cola and soda beverage that I gave the fateful try (and of course my affection towards that’ has long been part of the history).
And trust me, these cola wings are out of this world and they strike a great balance between sweet and savory. The wings are cooked in a cola and soy sauce based sauce until the they absorb the good flavor and form a nice shining glaze that resembles caramel coating.
What’s even better, this finger-licking good wing dish is incredibly easy to prepare. Definitely give it a try especially if you have a picky eater at home and you don’t have a ton of time to be creative in the kitchen.
Use these illustrations as a guide.
Boil the chicken wings first then make small cuts to allow quicker flavoring.
Brown both sides of the wings then add the sliced ginger.
Add cola of your choice and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to boil and simmer until done. Thicken the sauce to form the glaze.
What are your killer dishes to make people eat things they hated?