So where did I leave off in Part 1? That’s right. Hubby finished deep frying the 40 wings. Believe me…I would have been just as happy to eat them like that, but then it wouldn’t be Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings. They would just be Crispy Chicken Wings. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
While these wings rest, it’s sauce time!
Slice about 1 cup of ginger, while you wait to get 1 cup of water boiling. This is a must. Do not leave the ginger out.
Add the ginger slices, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, and ¼ cup of vinegar to the boiling water. Then boil it over medium heat. It’s starting to smell good already!
After 5 minutes, add 1 cup of mool yeot (corn syrup). Then the tedious part: boil it for another 30 minutes or more over medium heat. It seemed like an eternity for me, but finally it started to thicken. Finally!
While I waited for the sauce to thicken, I got the other ingredients ready, because I like to plan ahead. Not really, but I just get really scatterbrained in the kitchen. So every bit of preparing helps. Other ingredients: roasted sesame seeds, dried red peppers, dried and crushed red chili peppers, and peanuts.
I had to transfer the sauce to a big pot to mix in the chicken wings, so plan accordingly. Perhaps use a big pot to begin with?
Toss in the wings…
Then the other ingredients, and mix, mix, mix! After mixing, turn off the heat.
Let them cool on a baking sheet (or anything, really) in one layer so that they don’t stick to one another.
Oh, and these extra goodies are so money! They’re practically a dessert! I let them cool in the pot and threw them on top of the chicken later…with my hands! Sneaking some into my mouth, of course.
Ready to go to the potluck! It was very much appreciated. Success!
Remember the Korean Pickled Radish I made recently? How perfect is this combo??? Too bad, I ate all of the radish before I made the chicken. I wouldn’t have had enough for the potluck anyways. Oh well, next time!
Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings) Part 2
◦ 40 pieces of chicken wings
◦ 2 tsp salt
◦ 1/2 cup flour
◦ 1/2 cup starch powder
◦ 2 eggs
◦ 1 tsp ground pepper
◦ vegetable oil
◦ 1 cup sliced ginger
◦ 2 tbsp soy sauce
◦ 1 cup brown sugar
◦ 1 cup corn syrup (mool yeot)
◦ 1/4 cup vinegar
◦ 1 cup peanuts (or any kind of nuts)
◦ 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds
◦ dried red chili pepper or dried and crushed red hot chili peppers
Bread and deep fry:
1. Prepare 40 chicken wings or chunks of chicken, rinse them off in cold water, and drain them.
2. Transfer the chicken into a big bowl.
3. Add 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of ground pepper, 2 eggs, and the mixture of ½ cup of flour and ½ cup of starch powder. Mix it by hand.
4. Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350-380° F.
Sauce for coating:
5. Prepare a big wok or pan.
6. Place 1 cup of water in the wok, and heat it up.
7. Slice 1 cup of ginger thinly after peeling the skin off and washing, and add it into the boiling water.
8. Add 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of vinegar, and boil it over medium heat.
9. 5 minutes after, add 1 cup of corn syrup and keep boiling over low medium heat for about 30 minutes.
10. Raise a spoon of the sizzling sauce above the wok in the air, and drop it until the sauce begins stopping halfway. Then turn off the stove.
11. Mix it up: Reheat the sauce.
12. Add the deep fried chicken, 1 cup of peanuts (or any kind of nuts), 1/2 tbsp crushed red hot chili peppers or handful of dried red chili peppers, and ½ cup of toasted sesame seeds into the sizzling sauce, and mix it with a spatula. The amount of sticky sauce will decrease while you are stirring. Then turn off the heat, and you are done!
Before the chicken cools down, you may have to separate each piece of chicken wing to prevent them from sticking to each other.
Just make the sauce following the recipe above, and then add whatever dried ingredients you like to make candy! You can use sliced ginger, nuts (almond, walnuts, pine nuts, and peanuts), or sesame seeds.
1. Place plastic wrap on your cutting board.
2. After mixing all the dried ingredients with the sticky sauce, spread it on the plastic wrapper on your cuttingboard. Wait a few minutes for it to harden. Cut it into bite size pieces, and enjoy!