Monday, June 23, 2014

Korean fried chicken with garlic soy sauce


 Is everyone watching the world cup? I am a huge soccer fan. Especially when it comes to international games. I think wings and football go perfectly together whether it's American football or English. We all know some people get annoyed when they hear the term 'soccer' but I recently learned that it also started from England. Anyway, last Sunday, there was Korea's game against Algeria. As the tradition goes, I put my team Korea uniform on which I comfortably wore during last world cup but not so much now. I think shirts shrink in the drawer as they age. Yep, definitely. =P Well, even in that shirt, I had to have my Korean garlic soy fried chicken and beer(Chi-Maek; came from chicken and maekjoo which means beer in Korean). That is the tradition amongst many Koreans and it gives me a perfect excuse to FRY those wings!!

I don't think I had ever fried anything in my apartment back in NYC. Now that we have a burner attached to the BBQ, I can fry outside when I come up with an excuse and that's the best thing. No smell in the house, just delicious food.
Oh, so back to the game. Algeria killed it. So sad. SO SAD! I was ready to scream, GOAL!!!! And jump up and down with excitement(well I did twice) but instead I screamed something completely different my hands wrapping my head(FOUR TIMES!). And then..the game for team USA was just one minute too long! So close to win. Can't believe within less than one minute, game's changed. Great game to watch though. Speed and skill on both teams were all fantastic. It would have been absolutely fabulous if any of the two teams I support have won but I am still a happy girl since I got to have these delicious fried chicken. 

Korean fried chicken with garlic soy sauce

Ingredients :

2.5 lbs buffalo cut wings(One I bought made 24 wings)
1.5 - 2 cups corn starch
Oil for frying(peanut oil or vegetable oil)
2 scallion green part, chopped for garnish

Garlic soy sauce
1 Tbsp any neutral flavored oil(vegetable, canola, etc)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar
3 Tbsp soy sauce
ground black pepper to taste

Directions :

1. Heat enough oil to fry until it reaches 360-370F. In a large zip lock bag, place wings and corn starch and shake well to coat evenly.

2. While oil is heating up, make the sauce. In a small sauce pan, heat the oil and saute the garlic. Add rest of the ingredients, bring it to boil, turn off the heat and set aside.

3. Fry the wings(I did in two batches). Fry each batch for 10 minutes and fry the second time for 2-3 minutes or until they turn nice golden brown. - I find it crispier this way but you can just fry once for 10-12 minutes altogether if you want. 

4. Immediately toss in a large bowl with prepared sauce. Garnish and serve.

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