Pasar malam / Hawker-style fried chicken wings

I saw Doreen's pasar malam ( hawker stall/street market in Malay ) fried wings and boy , those wings certainly made my mouth water ! The recipe was given to her by a friend who works in a canteen and according to her these hawker-style wings sell like hot cakes ! I only followed the batter recipe and used some aromatics and chicken powder to marinate the wings as I don't have Ajinamoto ( one of the company which produces MSG ) . MSG is a flavor enhancer with umami taste , which intensifies the flavor of meat . I grew up eating foods with MSG , my Mom added it in some dishes like meat stew , fish soup , for marinating meat ,  I think she even uses it until now .  If you're leery of using MSG or chicken powder , just use coarse sea salt with any aromatics that you prefer in marinating the wings . 

The recipe is pretty straightforward as most fried chicken recipe , turmeric powder is added to the batter so it gives a beautiful yellow color to the batter . Note that the batter is bland , it has only a subtle turmeric taste so you need the chicken to be flavorful and marinating it for several hours or overnight is a must especially if you won't use MSG .

The wings were delightfully crunchy in every bite and it'll stay that way until it's cold . But then if you're looking at a plateful of beautifully-cooked chicken wings , how long does it take you to finish scarfing it all ?!

Please check original recipe @ Doreen of My Favourite DIY

850 grams chicken wings , 5 whole wings and 6 mid-joint wings 
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoons finely chopped ginger 
1 stalk lemongrass , white part only , finely chopped
1 1/2  teaspoons chicken powder

Batter : 

10 tablespoons / 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 
4 tablespoons rice flour
3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder 
generous pinch of salt 
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
150 ml water 

* Combine the wings , garlic , ginger , lemongrass , and chicken powder , mix well and marinate for at least 1 hour , preferably overnight . If you marinate it overnight , take out from the fridge 30 minutes before using .

* In a small mixing bowl , combine the 2 flours , turmeric powder , salt and pepper , whisk until well combined . Pour in water gradually , whisking as you pour until batter is smooth , set aside . 

* Heat oil in a wok , 1 inch in depth (  about 1 liter )  over medium heat . You'll know that the oil is hot if you dip a wooden chopstick into the oil and bubbles will appear around it .

* Drain any liquid from the marinated wings , discard any aromatics and pat dry with paper towel . Dip each wings into the batter , let excess batter drip off back into the bowl . Gently place each wings into the hot oil and fry in batches for 5 to 7 minutes in each sides  or until wings are golden brown . Transfer wings into the paper towel-lined plate , continue with the rest of the wings , heating the oil between batches . 

* Serve hot or at room temperature .

This post is linked to the Little Thumbs Up event , a baking and cooking blog organized by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Favourite DIY . This month host is Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabee and the theme is Chicken .



  1. 啊。。。。。流口水了

  2. Hi Anne,

    I know a lot of people advocate against MSG although there is no scientific data to support the role of glutamate in chronic disease. Well, no right no wrong at this stage... Although too much MSG can make me extra thirsty, I can't deny that a little amount can bring out the flavours of many food. Nevertheless, I like your approach of cooking these MSG-less pasar malam chicken wings. They sounds yummy too.


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  4. Hi Anne,
    These fried chicken wings set me drooling. .. can I bring some ice cold beer over ? ... hee ..hee Enjoy!

  5. Can never resist fried or bbq chicken wings. Buying from outside is not cheap. Would love to try out your recipe.

  6. Hi Anne,
    We grew up on MSG too, at least until my late teens! Then we encouraged my mom not to use it anymore. Using MSG is really the norm thing to do back in those days, but these days, less homemakers are using it. I, for one, do not use it, but I guess once in a while won't hurt at all! It enhances the taste of a dish if used sparingly, but too much, will spoil the taste of the dish. Your chicken looks mouth-watering delicious, and how long does it take to finish a plateful of this? Pass me a plateful and you shall know! Hahahaha!

  7. They must be extremely delicious with that crisp coating!

  8. hi anne! this certainly making me drool..oh boy! this is a dangerous picture !!

  9. Hi Anne,
    I am reluctant to use msg too but this friend who share this recipe insist that I use it to have better taste.
    Anyway, once a while wouldn't hurt much I guess :p
    Glad that you tried this out and yours look awesome!
    Thanks for the shout out dear friend.


  10. Hi Anne, I love chicken wings... one go I can eat half a dozen. LOL
    Yours look soooo good....looking forward to try your cripsy chicken wings.

    Best regards.

  11. Hi Anne I really don't care that frying is unhealthy. These wings look simply too delicious!


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