Recipe: Caramelized fish sauce chicken wings | Canh ga nuoc mam
Two big celebrations going down this week! First, it was Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, then this Sunday, it’s the Super Bowl in Houston! Even though the Houston Texans got eliminated during play-offs, I’m looking forward to the game since it’ll be in my hometown of Houston, which means lots of celeb sightings and exciting events going on around town.
Today, I’m sharing with you a great Super Bowl recipe, except it’s with a fresh, umami twist. Chicken wings have long been a football game favorite, but instead of serving up the same ol’ boring buffalo style wings, try making my Vietnamese-inspired caramelized fish sauce wings. These wings are incredibly flavorful and interesting, just like this Sunday’s game will be. I served these wings as part of the menu for my first pop-up in Houston, the recipe can be found in my cookbook, and the hubs (who is often a harsher critic than Gordon Ramsay himself) believes they’re better than the wings from Pok Pok in Brooklyn.
These wings aren’t hard to make, but they take a little bit of prep time, since you have to marinate, and then make the sauce and fry. But the ingredients are all inexpensive, and the execution itself is simple and straightforward. It’s the kind of robust recipe to feed a crowd—you just gotta plan a little ahead of time. I promise, your guests’s palate will be doing the touchdown dance after tasting these wings.