Swiss Wings, a Hong Kong specialty, are chicken wings cooked in a sweet soy sauce-flavoured marinade. The sauce recipe varies but the basic ingredients are soy sauce, sugar, Chinese wine, herbs and spices.
Despite the “Swiss” identifier, the dish did not originate in Europe. The story is that an English visitor to Hong Kong was interested in the wings’ sweet and salty taste, and tried to ask the staff for the name of the dish. The waiter introduced the dish as “sweet wings” but it sounded like “Swiss” to the visitor.
The name stuck.
Where to eat it?
Two weeks ago, CNN listed Swiss Wings as one of the 40 Hong Kong culinary experiences it couldn’t live without.
To see if you agree you’ll probably need to go to Hong Kong. Tai Ping Koon has a good reputation for its Swiss Wings, with a tender meat that falls off the bone. Tai Ping Koon Restaurant, 6 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (Tel: +852 2576-9161). Tsui Wah Restaurant, with various locations around the city, is another good place to try them: 15-19 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong (Tel: +852 2525-6338).
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