I made this a couple of weeks ago for our church Married Couples Fellowship potluck. I didn’t post it sooner though, because I was too lazy (lots of photos). So I found a solution to my laziness and decided to make it a two-part post. If you haven’t noticed, “Daily Dose” hasn’t been very daily lately, because I’ve been busy working on applications and what have you. OK, so I guess I haven’t been lazy. I’ve been busy.
So like I was saying, I made this for a potluck for about 20 people plus some half-people (kids). I was nervous, because it was my first time making this, and I didn’t want to screw it up for a potluck. Or else, I would have had to make a trip to the Korean market and pick up some ready-made food. It was an Asian-themed potluck. To my surprise, it turned out to be a hit at the potluck. I think. Either that, or everyone was being really nice.
And as usual, Maangchi never fails. Here is her recipe.
Dak Kang Jung (Korean Sweet & Crispy Chicken Wings)
- 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: Prepare 40 chicken wings or chunks of chicken, rinse them off in cold water, and drain them.
- Transfer the chicken into a big bowl.
- 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.
- Deep fry the chicken wings in vegetable oil 2 times at about 350-380° F.
- Sauce for coating: Prepare a big wok or pan.
- Place 1 cup of water in the wok, and heat it up.
- Slice 1 cup of ginger thinly after peeling the skin off and washing, and add it into the boiling water.
- Add 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of vinegar, and boil it over medium heat.
- 5 minutes after, add 1 cup of corn syrup and keep boiling over low medium heat for about 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Mix it up: Reheat the sauce.
- 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!
Tip: Before the chicken cools down, you may have to separate each piece of chicken wing to prevent them from sticking to each other.
For vegetarians: 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.
- Place plastic wrap on your cutting board.
- 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!
I bought two packages of about 20 wings each. Rinse them in cold water and drain. So bare and naked.
Transfer the wings into a large mixing bowl and add the breading ingredients: salt, pepper, flour, starch powder (I used corn starch), and 2 eggs.
Go ahead. Don’t be afraid. Mix them by hand. I always use disposable gloves for stuff like this. No need to scrub your hands after.
Get the vegetable oil all hot and ready to go.
***Note: All of the deep frying was done by my hubby. Thank you.***
He wanted a little shout-out.
There he goes, frying away! He doesn’t trust me to handle things like this. I mean, he worries that I’ll burn myself.
Look how beautifully crispy they look!
We had wings laying around everywhere!
And here we have the twice deep fried 40 wings (minus a couple). They were yummy enough to eat as-is! As-was?
But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the rest! Trust me! It’s worth it!