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Actually Pretty Awesome: Bang Bang Chicken Wings at M.Y. China

Bang Bang!
Bang Bang! Photo: Andrei Riskin/Grub Street

Martin Yan’s first U.S. restaurant, M.Y. China, just opened its doors on the fourth floor of the Westfield Centre in November, and our favorite bite on the menu so far are the Bang Bang Chicken Wings. They’re an above-average example of the tangy, sweet, spicy, salty, umami, fried-and-sauced Sichuan chicken wings found around Hong Kong and China, and deserve a place on S.F. must-eat lists.

Last year Andrew Zimmern told the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Made about his quest to recreate the perfect wings that he’d had in Hong Kong, and through a friend he landed on a “grandmother’s” recipe that might approximate what Yan’s team is doing, but we make no promises. (As of this writing we’re still awaiting confirmation of the Bang Bang ingredients from the restaurant.) Suffice it to say, you will probably need more than one order if there are more than one of you at the table.

In related news, Tasting Table this week sang the praises of some little seen noodles on the M.Y. China — noodles that are, at least, not often seen on American menus, and which we have not yet sampled. For instance, they’re serving squid-ink snap noodles that are “formed by snapping off coins of dough into boiling water, the chewy curls shaped much like orecchiette.” Also, scissor noodles, which are three-inch, tapered noodles fried in a hot wok that are cut (you guessed it) with scissors.

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Actually Pretty Awesome: Bang Bang Chicken Wings at M.Y. China