Do you always have cans of coke lying around at home? We do. It’s not so much to drink but more for using as cleaning agents and bug killers. You may not know how many wonderful things coke can do for you around the house. For instance, dad always uses it to clean the BBQ after some tough staining and it’s also great for cleaning rust (from pots and coins) and will keep the bugs away as the acidity will kill them.
I’m not a big fan of fizzy drinks and if I have to drink it, I always prefer the watered down, overnight and de-fizzed type. I’m glad Yuye’s the same as me in that respect. Just the other night, as the house grew quiet and lights are dimmed, Yuye suddenly exclaimed “I feel like an icy cold watered down coke”. And just because of that, I got out of my warmed up bed and proceeded to the kitchen. A few minutes later I came back with a completely de-fizzed icy cold beverage. How did I do it? I poured the coke into a cup from very high and then poured it again and again into two other cups until it was effectively flat. Then I added ice. A lot of ice. This is how you make teh tarik for those of you who are familiar with this Malaysian tea beverage. The kind of things I do for him…
Using Coca-Cola to cook though is another story. Obviously still not the best ingredient for you, but it makes a great thickening agent and sweetener for your chicken wings.
This recipe is so simple and so quick and tasty that the kids and adults alike will reach for them one after another. You will be licking your fingers for sure, and possibly even the plate.
Do you use Coca-Cola like we do around the house? Do you have any tips and tricks to share?
- 6 whole chicken wings, cut at the joints and cleaned
- Small bulb of ginger (sliced)
- 1 stalk of spring onion, cut into inch long lengths
- Half can of Coca-Cola
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (or Japanese mirin)
- 1 sprig of coriander as garnish
- Boil a pot of water and put in the chicken wings. Cook for a few minutes until no longer pink. Strain and set aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a medium flat pan on high heat
- Add in the chicken wings, spring onion and ginger and cook the wings (flipping every now and then) until lightly golden
- Add in soy sauce, cooking wine and Coca-Cola and simmer with the lid closed for a few minutes
- Remove lid and cook until sticky and the sauce has dried*
- Serve immediately with rice and garnish with some coriander
- *As the Coca-Cola is sweet and sticky, make sure you flip the chicken and scrape the bottom of the pan occasionally to ensure it doesn't stick and burn.