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Serves 4 as an entrée or 6 to 12 as an appetizer

12 chicken wings

1 tablespoon five-spice powder

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups flavorless cooking oil

Your favorite salsa


1 cup cornstarch

1 cup unbleached white flour

2 tablespoons wine vinegar

1 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

2½ cups soda water, chilled

Lollipop the chicken wings. You should have 24 pieces. Rub the meat with five-spice powder, pepper, and salt.

To make the batter, in a bowl, combine all the batter ingredients. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Refrigerate the batter until thoroughly chilled.

To cook, place a 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat on an indoor stovetop or an outdoor gas grill. Add the cooking oil. Heat the oil until bubbles form around the end of a wooden spoon dipped into the oil (350° to 375°F). Stir the batter. Turn the heat to high. Dip the meaty end of 12 wings into the batter and then add to the oil. Deep-fry until the batter becomes deep golden and the meat is cooked along the bone (cut into one with a paring knife). Total cooking time is about 6 minutes. Transfer the wings to a wire rack to drain. Cook the second batch of wings. Serve with your favorite salsa.

Carpenter, H., & Sandison, T. (2008). The Great Wings Book. Chartwell Books, Inc.

Beer Types and Serving Suggestions

Here are some favorite common beers, with some food pairing and serving suggestions:

  • Lager Smooth, light beer, slightly tangy
    Fish, Hamburger, Curry Dishes
  • Pale Ale Light, slight fruity ale
    Green Salads, Fish, Pork, Hamburger
  • Pilsner Light-bodied, mild malt beer with flowery aroma
    Light Soups, Pizza, Fish
  • Brown Ale Smooth, rounded beer with a nutty taste
    Chicken, Salad, Pork 
  • Bock Strong beer with caramel taste
    Chicken, Game, Creamy Desserts, Lamb, Sausage
  • Porter Dark ale with a rich taste
    Cheese, Beef, Barbeque, Fruity or Creamy Desserts
  • Stout Opaque, dry ale with a chocolate taste
    Shellfish, Chocolates, Rich Desserts or Rich Meats

Some other tips:

Beer is a delicious aperitif. Choose a light beer to serve before a meal.

Serve pale beers with light soups and heavy, malty beers with stews.

Light beers are delicious with green salads and vegetable courses.

Serving a chocolate dessert? A rich, sweet, dark beer is the perfect match. Fruitier beers work well with fruit desserts.

A strong sweet beer is a nice digestif, with or without a separate dessert.

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