Hey gang, help solve a mystery for a guy who loves to eat but is clueless about cooking. There was a Chinese/Polynesian restaurant in my town years and years ago. Their fried chicken wings would come out in a deep red color with a very unique flavor (at least to my unrefined palate). Since they closed, I haven’t been able to find any other place that serves them that way.
First off, the menu just said “Fried Chicken Wings”, and it was an appetizer, so nothing special. They had a different option for curry-fried, so it was not that (and they were not spicy at all). Also, I know it was definitely not any kind of buffalo sauce. The flavor was very different and the red color was more maroon than the orangey Buffalo color. In fact, it didn’t seem to be a sauce brushed on at all, but probably something in the oil they were fried in.
Anyone have a clue what may have been on those wings or know what I’m talking about? I’ve been jonesing for them for a decade!