100 Favorite Dishes, No. 62: Spicy Crispy Wings At Malai
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.
Malai's upscale Asian concept is right at home in the West Village. The made-for-television neighborhood is peppered with fancied up ethnic restaurants like Mi Cocina, Taco Diner and Baboush, where diners can get everything from barbacoa, to babaganoush without getting their hands dirty or parking their own cars. But these wings take cultural cuisine to the next level -- at least for Uptown. They might even be dangerous.
I was surprised at first when my waiter asked how spicy I wanted my spicy crispy wings, but told him quickly I'd take them as hot as his kitchen would make them. Not more than five minutes later a steaming bowl of deep-golden chicken flecked with red chilies and green cilantro came to my table. They were sticky, sweet and left whole, an unrefined touch I can appreciate, though it made for sloppy eating. My waiter was there with a warm, wet towel as I finished, though, and the intense flavors warranted the mess. These wings are seriously good.
How hot were they? Pretty hot. Two cold beers for four double wings hot. A slightly tacky forehead and a couple of deep breaths as you ate hot. But not this hot.
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