What a bold claim! Famous, yes for Restaurant Wong Ah Wah (WAW) at the corner of Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang is an institution having been around for 30 years. They started as a stall serving charcoal grilled chicken wings to hungry party-goers. Today they occupy 5 shop lots serving their signature chicken wings, grilled fish and other Chinese restaurant fares.
But the best? Yes yes yes and I standby my claim! I’ve been in Kuala Lumpur for a while now and ate a lot of chicken wings so I can safely say that Wong Ah Wah’s chicken wings’ fame is well-deserved!
What makes good grilled/ BBQ/ roasted chicken wings? First the marination. WAW chicken wings are marinated overnight with soy sauce, honey, white pepper, garlic, ginger and spring onion.
Next, the actual grilling. To get the desired smoky flavour, let the charcoal smoke it prior to flame grilling. During grilling, regularly baste the wings for that extra depth in flavour.
The result? Fragrant, smoky, tender, juicy chicken wings with a slight burnt crisp in the skin. Savoury not sweet, it’s BBQ orgasm in your mouth.
The folks at WAW have the recipe right – even after so many years, the taste and quality remain consistently satisfying. I feel that it’s still as delicious as when I first had it 10 years ago! Dip your chicken wings with a bit of the sweet spicy sourish Hainanese chili sauce, mmmm… your evening just ended on a high note!
Chicken wing devourer, missyblurkit
Of course the price for WAW chicken wings has increased, but so has everything else in life. The last I checked, it is RM2.70 per piece with a minimum order of 2 pieces. It gets very slightly cheaper with the more you order, but the pricing table is so complicated that no one bothers.
Another thing I like to order at WAW is the grilled stingray. Crispy skin with a hint of turmeric, you eat the fish plain with the accompanying chilli sauce. They get their fish really fresh so the flesh is thick and juicy.
That’s pretty much what I eat at WAW, everything else contains too much MSG for my liking. If you want a less-MSG dinner, the Thai place opposite WAW is highly recommended.
You know what? You need some Wong Ah Wah chicken wings right now! How about tonight? Let’s go!!!
Restaurant Wong Ah Wah
No. 1,3,5,7,9 Jalan Alor,
Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603-2144 2463
For Google Map: *click*
Opens: 5pm – 4am. Closed on alternate Mondays.