March 22, 2011

Buffalo Wings!

Every Sunday, my parents and I would attend the Holy Mass at Robinson's Place, Tacloban City. About a five minute drive away from our home, my parents prefer to attend the Mass at the mall so we could have lunch there afterwards. The mass starts 10:15 AM. My parents went to the mall without me because it was almost 10:00AM and I haven't taken a bath yet. So after I showered and got myself ready, I went on to follow them at the mall. It was around 10:30AM when I left home, and it was raining so I ran to the waiting shed on the highway. I rode a multi-cab, the ubiquitous means of transportation in our locality and when I arrived I rushed to the food court - where the Mass was held. It was already the gift offering and to my disappointment, I missed the homily. After the mass we went to Shakey's to have lunch. My parents ordered our what we usually eat there, and to shake things up, Papa also ordered Buffalo Wings. 

Now, buffalo wings? You'd question, how on earth would buffaloes have wings? And if they do, how could they fly? Well, these wings aren't actually buffaloes' wings neither do buffaloes fly. Buffalo winghot wing or wing is a chicken wing section (drumette or flat) that is traditionally fried unbreaded and then coated in sauce. Classic Buffalo-style chicken wing sauce is composed of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter - according to Wikipedia. I don't know much about this, but I definitely like it. 

There are four different legends about how Buffalo wings came to be but the most famous would be the Belissimo's storry. The story is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar, located at 1047 Main Street (between North Street and Best Street) in Buffalo, New York, United States, by Teressa Belissimo, co-owner of the Anchor Bar with her husband Frank Belissimo. Upon the unannounced, late-night arrival of their son, Dominic, with several of his friends from college, Teressa needed a fast and easy snack to present to her hungry guests. It was then that she came up with the idea of deep frying chicken wings (normally thrown away or reserved for stock) and tossing them in cayenne hot sauce.
Buffalo wings are used in competitive eating events, such as Philadelphia's Wing Bowl and at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Okay so Buffalo wings aren't Filipino and obviously they're from the U.S., and Shakey's is also an American restaurant but that doesn't mean we Filipinos can't call it our own too. They first accept the fact of bringing it here in the Philippines, that Filipinos will also get their own variation of this dish. 
So according to Wikipedia again, here is how to prepare a Classic Buffalo Chicken Wing: 

Cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter or margarine are the basis of the sauce. Buffalo wing sauce can be made with a variable amount of heat/spiciness, with the names of these sauces generally corresponding to the level of heat, such as mild, medium, or hot. Typically, the wings are deep-fried (although they are sometimes grilled or baked). The wings are usually fried in oil until they reach close to a golden brown color. They are then drained where they can either be placed in a bowl with sauce or even seasoned with salt and pepper. Following this, one covers the bowl tightly and shakes to coat the wings. As an alternative to waiting to coat the wings until after they are cooked, one can also put seasoning over the wings in a sealed bag and shake them until they are coated evenly. Afterwards, arrange the wings on a baking sheet and wait until they are cooked thoroughly. Wings can then be served dry with sauce on the side.

But we can also substitute, by using banana ketchup with vinegar and hot sauce instead of Cayenne pepper hot sauce. 

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