Published on Monday, 18 June 2018 17:00
Written by Foo Yong-Yao, Assistant Editor
Canapes, ice cream and desserts adorned with glittering flakes of gold are nothing out of the ordinary anymore in this age of instagrammable food. However, one restaurant in New York has completely redefined the art of plating dishes with the world's first gold-plated chicken wings.
The Ainsworth, a New York City restaurant, collaborated with reality TV star Jonathan Cheban to bring the simple fast-food fare to new heights of luxury. The wings are brined in a lemon and bay leaf mixture for 12 hours to tenderize the meat before they are massaged in a garlic and paprika rub and baked till the Maillard reaction turns the wings a deep brown. They are then tossed in a metallic gold sauce that is made of an infusion of coconut butter, chipotle and honey buffalo sauce. The “liquid gold” sauce inundates every crevice and gives them a solid gold appearance. After which, edible gold dust is abundantly sprinkled over for extra sparkle and thus, the FOODGŌD 24k Gold Buffalo Wings is born.
These decadent chicken wings are available in three price tiers: 10 wings for US$30, 20 wings for US$60, and 50 wings with a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac for US$1,000. The differently priced platters of gold wings are all served with a little tub of creamy blue cheese dip on the side.
The gold-plated chicken wings went viral last month after its co-creater, Jonathan Cheban, aka “Foodgod”, showed off the sparkling wings platter on his Instagram
The FOODGŌD 24k Gold Buffalo Wings were launched in The Ainsworth’s Chelsea and East Village locations last month, and are scheduled to become permanent fixtures on the restaurant chain’s other locations in the near future.
The wings sure do look like they were carved out of a solid block of gold. Regarding the taste of it though, we remain skeptical that the greasy joints coated in the dubious-looking metallic sauce would actually taste as good as it looks.