When I first saw the sign board of “Buffalo Wings” restaurant in Jakarta, I mumbled “does buffalo have wings?” while at the same time I was having a wild imagination just like the picture above (found in http://www.worth1000.com)
I was ignorant hence that ‘stupid question’ and ‘wild imagination’
Then I found out that Buffalo Wings are actually chicken wings and they taste soooo good!
For those of you who haven’t heard that “buffalo does have wings” perhaps you are interested to know “where did Buffalo Wings get their name?
The type of chicken wings known as “Buffalo wings” were created in Buffalo, New York, in 1964 in a restaurant called Frank and Theresa’s Anchor Bar.
Frank and Theresa’s son and some friends came in late one night looking for something to eat (although some have suggested that it was for a band that was playing in the bar that night). All that was left in the kitchen was chicken wings, which Theresa fried up, placed in hot sauce and served to the hungry young men. The wings were a hit and a legendary food was born.
They are called Buffalo wings because they originated in Buffalo, New York.
Buffalo Wing in the cuisine of the United States, is a chicken wing section (wingette or drumette) that is generally deep fried, unbreaded, and coated in vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter. They are traditionally served hot, along with celery sticks and/or carrot sticks with blue cheese dressing or ranch for dipping
When I was looking for the recipes of Buffalo Wings, I found so many recipes of that claim that they are the original. I am confused….how do I know which one is really the original?
I found one recipe which claimed that it is the original recipe created by Ms. Theresa Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar and Restaurant, in Buffalo, NY. It is taken from Totally Hot! The Ultimate Hot Pepper Cookbook.
- 1 Lb Chicken wings that have had the tips removed and are separated at the joints.
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Salt (if desired)
- 4 Cups Vegetable Oil
- 4 Tbs butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
- 5 Tbs Louisiana-brand hot sauce (preferably Frank’s) or Tabasco sauce
- 1 Tbs white wine vinegar
Interestingly, I also found the Indonesian version of Buffalo Wings recipe in one of local cooking magazines named Sedap.
One day I decided to try cooking Buffalo Wings. Having studied different recipes of Buffalo Wings, I chose to use the Indonesian version recipe with a bit modification.
Here’s my version of Buffalo Wings:
- 12 pieces chicken drumettes, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
- 4-5 tablespoons fresh tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 5 grams chicken stock powder (as taste enhancer)
- 100 gram unsalted butter divided into 2 parts (50 gram each)
The following is the step by step of cooking my version of Buffalo Wings :
- rinse the chicken drumettes and pat dry using paper towel
- place the chicken drumettes in a bowl
- prepare the ‘Red Sauce’ by melting the first 50 gram of the unsalted butter
- then using a whisk, mix the melted butter with the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and chicken stock powder in a large bowl
- marinade the chicken drumettes by soaking them in the red sauce and keep in the fridge for around two hours, so that the meat absorbs the flavors
- place a non sticky pan on low-medium heat and melt the second 50 gram of the unsalted butter
- then place the marinated chicken into the pan
- stir the chicken occasionally with a large spoon or spatula and gently turn so that all sides are cooked
- continue to cook the chicken for around 45 minutes or until the red sauce is thickened and the chicken drumettes are brown
Voila…….this is my version of Buffalo Wings and to give a bit touch of Indonesian taste, I served my Buffalo Wings with cucumber sticks and ‘creamy tempeh sauce’ (*)
The taste is soooo yummy and I enjoyed my ‘Buffalo Wings’ by eating them with my fingers. Licking the juices and spices off my fingers at the end of the meal was part of the sublime experience.
- ‘creamy tempeh sauce’ is locally known as ‘sambal tumpang’ and you can find the recipe of ‘sambal tumpang’ in my older post ‘Cooking to celebrate independence day’
- the original Buffalo Wings are served with celery sticks and blue cheese dipping sauce as you can see in this picture