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Fish sauce or Pok Pok wings

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(Read caption) The fish sauce and ginger marinade for these chicken wings can handle a lot of garlic. Don't shy away from using four cloves.

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During our recent trip to Vietnam, we had fish sauce wings or cánh gà chiên nước mắm at roadside eateries in Vietnam and loved the sticky, shellac like layer of fish sauce studded with garlic on a crispy fried chicken wing. It’s the perfect balanced combination of sweet and salty that Vietnamese foods are known for, and in essence, a process of caramelization not unlike gà kho or thit kho that results in a perfect finger licking lacquer of fish sauce, sugar, and garlic.

Here in the United States, it’s unfortunate not that many Vietnamese restaurants serve it. Vietnamese fried chicken wings could prove to be just as popular as Korean fried chicken wings. However, chef Andy Ricker and cook Ich Truong of Pok Pok in Portland, have single-handedly made fish sauce wings into a huge cult hit.


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