I’d have to say that soy sauce (or Tamari) is one of those ingredients you should never be without. However, this recipe calls for Indonesian soy sauce, or Ketjap Manis, which is slightly sweeter and thicker than traditional soy sauce. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to buy this at your local grocer. You would definitely have to go to an Asian market to buy it. Or you could make your own without much effort. Therefore, I’ve included a recipe for this delectable little condiment at the bottom of this recipe.
I love Asian food. They say that the Chinese invented noodles and the Italians perfected it. I think that’s a perfectly legitimate claim. But Asian food is so much more than Chinese and Japanese. Indonesian and Vietnamese food is amazing. So are these wings.
2.5 lbs party wings (these are wings that have already been trimmed and separated)
1 cup Ketjap Manis (recipe follows)
2 tbsp Sambal Oelek
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned is fine)
2 tbsp ginger paste
Sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup lime juice
Chopped scallions or chives (for garnish)
The first order of business is to make the marinade, so this is a simple recipe because it requires you to mix all the ingredients together (except the salt and pepper). Whisk to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Put the wings in a resealable plastic bag along with the concoction, and marinate overnight. I like to use a toothpick on the wings and poke holes in them prior to marinating. This helps to infuse the wings with the sauce.
When you are ready to cook the wings, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the wings in a single layer in a long baking pan. Pour in the marinade. Season with salt (lightly) and fresh-ground pepper. Cook for about 30 minutes, turning at least once to cook on both sides. Prior to removing the wings, turn them again and put the oven on “broil” for about 5 minutes.
Remember to put on the hood of your stove and open a window as you might generate a little smoke.
Remove the wings to a serving tray and get ready to feast. Garnish with chopped scallions or chives. These are delicious!
How to Make Ketjap Manis
Ingredients for Ketjap Manis
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup dark soy sauce
7 tbsp dark (blackstrap) molasses
1 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp fresh-ground black pepper
Combine the dark brown sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until all the sugar dissolves.
Then, increase the heat to high and cook until the syrup begins to thicken. This takes about 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat to low and add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. This can be stored for 2-3 months (covered) in your refrigerator.