Other than an hour or two daily playing a Project Manager's role checking on the renovation status, I had a very relaxing schedule in Penang. With ample time to spare, I took over sister-in-law's kitchen to prepare dinner for the family to ease her busy working schedules.
Frankly, I have not been cooking for a long long time. In fact, ever since we moved back from Auckland and with Auntie Lan back to live with us and taking over my kitchen, I have not been using the wok spatula for quite some time already.
In the hope to prepare good meals for dad, I regained the passion to try out new dishes again. I found this simple and easy recipe via Facebook.
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings (可乐鸡翅). Yes, no kidding, this recipe only uses the famous Coca-Cola soft drink and soya sauce as main ingredients with no water added in. I also wish to clarify that this is not a Western cuisine, even though Coca-Cola is originated from the USA, Coca-Cola Chicken is one of the famous Chinese dishes in Southern China.
Well, this is another good example of the East meets West fusion.
The use of Coca-Cola with high sugar content easily caramelized and tenderized the chicken, leaving a sweet, sticky and glazed appearance on the chicken wings.
It might not be a top pick in a healthy menu list for dad but it was a sure winner for the kids and party menu. In fact, I must admit to a certain extent, it was tastier than the traditional soya sauce chicken.
Coca-cola Chicken Wings
8-10 chicken wings ( cut into drummettes and wings, you can also use drumsticks )
1 tin of Coca- Cola ( not recommended to use diet coke)
1-2 tbsp. Soya sauce ( to your own taste)
1tbsp. dark soya sauce ( to your own taste)
1 tbsp. Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine ( optional)
1-2 pieces of Star Anise, cinnamon sticks
Few slices of ginger
Few stalks of green onions, cut the white section into 2-3 cm long, the green leaves chopped
MARINADE: (best more than half an hour )
1 tsp. of salt
1 tsp of Sesame oil
1 tbsp of Shaoxing cooking wine (optional)
Dash of pepper