A belly full of chicken wings
I like Rogue because they have 20 craft beers on tap at their Downtown location and 30 at the Broadway location. I also like the fact that the tasting glasses that we drank out of had one letter on each, so that if you were really keen on it you could make friends with others and complete the set to spell ROGUE. At least that's what I wanted to do.
Chef Cory Chapman loves cooking with craft beer as much as he likes drinking it, so it's of no surprise that his chicken wing creation would incorporate the beverage. Since he also loves kimchi he fused the two to create a glaze for the chicken wings made from a kimchi puree reduced with honey, orange and wheat ale.
I was expecting spicy so was slightly disappointed to discover that these chicken wings didn't pack much heat at all. I was further disappointed to discover that they used to be spicier, but due to a few customers' requests they were tamed down, and unfortunately can not be made milder or hotter to order. I didn't find them to be very flavorful, but appreciated the fact that they sous vide the chicken before deep-frying it, making them super moist and perfectly cooked.
Would I order it again? Probably not. But I'd go back for the beer.
Paired with: R & B Brewery Sun God
Created by: Chef Cory Chapman
CALABASH BISTRO @calabashbistro
428 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Calabash Wings ($11)
These were without a doubt the best of the three by consensus. As it was the final stop, most people were stuffed but, like myself, still couldn't help but eat the entire portion. The crispy batter wasn't greasy and only left my fingers a mess because I doused them with the spicy tropical glaze that was offered as a dip. Did I mention that I like spice and crunch? The (free range) chicken was juicy from being marinated in their house made jerk and was evidently good quality from its overall firmness and flavour.
Would I order it again? Hell yeah. I'd order two.
Created by: Chef Cullin David
Paired with: Dark 'N Stormy - also delicious, with shaved coconut, a touch of ginger ale for carbonation and heavy in fresh ginger. I had three. A refreshing pairing for the spicy wings.
For more high res photos check out my Chicken Wings Challenge set on Flickr.
Follow the challenge on Twitter: #ChickenWingsChallenge
The contest runs until June 9th and voting takes place from June 7th to 11th. For more information visit: vancouverfoodster.com/2013/05/14/vancouver-chicken-wings-challenge/