Sunday, 12 April 2009

Crouching Buffalo, Hidden Dragon: Asian/Buffalo Fusion Wings

ad⋅dic⋅tion [uh-dik-shuhn]


  • Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance: a drug used in the treatment of heroin addiction.
  • The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.
  • The condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something. *
EXAMPLE: The Wing King, with chicken wings, and all things spicy.

Clearly I loves me some chicken wings. Spicy, mouth hurting chicken wings. And why? Because pain is good. When I was in grade 2 I had a slogan: "Eat the Pain". Now, this wasn't food related at the time, but it has a more realistic meaning now.

I need spicy. And what was spicy for me a few years ago, isn't enough now. I go into restaurants and pubs and order wings with suicide or 'as hot as they come' and often the waitress will say "are you sure, our wings are reaaallly spicy?" and I kind of laugh inside and say 'yes I'm sure'. And when they send out the hottest they have, I eat it without difficulty because I've built up an immunity. My tolerance level is too high or my pain receptors are burned out. So if most eateries won't try to hurt me, I'm going to have to do it myself.

Guess what?! I've got a fever, and the only prescription... is more spicy wings. Buffalo sauce is good, but it's not enough any more. I need to make it hotter without drastically changing the flavour that endures it as a wing flavour. So I turned to my Rooster to make my chicken bite.

Sauce Ingredients: Frank's, Cayenne Pepper, Sriracha Sauce, Chili Garlic Sauce. Not shown, butter and love (or is it hate?)

Dusting mixture: flour, salt, pepper, cayenne

Dusted wings. These are going to fry up nicely.

And look at them frying up. Tasty good just like that.

Oooooh the spicy hot sauce. Dang!

The final product: punching and kicking my mouth, lips and tongue. One word: AWESOME.

It didn't show very much in the webisode, but I was really excited to sit down and eat with these wings. Sorry, eat these wings. The chicken was a bit small (darn you Ottawa grocery stores!) but they turned out crispy and good.

More importantly the sauce was tasty AND spicy. It was a medium speed bite (didn't kick in immediately, but came along shortly). It went after my lips. But it didn't quite reach my checklist of heat. Sweat? no check. Eyes watering? no check. Hardness of breath/panting? no check. Stinging mouth and lips? Check. See, there's lots of spice in that sauce and I need more. More more more!!! But I enjoyed eating them none the less.

WHAT WOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME? There are only a few minor tweaks I guess. I could just add more heat, and less margarine. Or I could sub in some other spicy ingredients. The chicken itself came out well. The sauce was thick and spicy, with flavour. These CBHD wings looked good, tasted good. But forget that this sauce gave my mouth a bite, I can definitely go hotter. I need to find spicier ingredients. I need to feed the addiction.

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Chris said...

Great video! Funny bits and some insightful tips, good job. But I have to admit, I'm too much of a wimp.

If you're ever passing through, I'll smoke you up some wings but you'll have to make your own damn sauce;)

Chris said...

Oh sweet love of all things hot, I just brought a jar of sriracha sauce home today from the new market that opened up. I can't wait to fire roast some wings with that!