This is a classic Hong Kong dish. Swiss sauce has nothing to do with “Switzerland”. The chicken wings are marinated in sweetened dark soy sauce. The urban legend behind the name, was a miscommunication between a Chinese waiter and an English-speaking customer in a Hong Kong cafe. The Chinese waiter told the English speaker the dish was called “Sweet wings”, but the English speaker thought it was “Swiss wings”. But again, this is only a story. No matter what the name is, these chicken wings are just delicious. Bryan loves them on the first try. The chicken wings were savory with a hint of sweet. They were perfect to serve with steaming hot white rice.
Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings (Dark Soy Sauce Chicken Wings) (Adapted from Homemade Tea Restaurant Signature Dishes)
2 – 3 servings
- 20 chicken wings
- 400ml dark soy sauce
- 800ml water
- 250 – 300 grams rock sugar
- 6 green onions
- 5 ginger slices
- 15 – 20 ice cubes
- Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
- Meanwhile, fill a large mixing bowl with cold water and combine with the ice cubes. Set aside.
- Finely dice 1 green onion. Set aside.
- Once the water is boiling, add 2 ginger slices and 2 green onions. Add chicken wings and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and place the chicken wings into the ice water. Let sit until the chicken wings are cold.
- In a large pot, bring the 800ml water to boil over high heat. Add dark soy sauce, rock sugar, the 3 green onions and the remaining ginger slices. Cook unit the rock sugar has dissolved. Reduce to low heat. Add the chicken wings and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Cover the pot with a lid. Let stand for 20 minutes. Turn the heat back on and cook for 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken wings to a serving bowl. Top with extra swiss sauce over the chicken wings and diced green onions. Serve immediately.
- Don’t use regular soy sauce. Dark soy sauce is less salty with a hint of sweet. It cannot be substitute.
- It is important to put the chicken wings in the ice water to keep the chicken skins firm.
- You can adjust the taste of the sauce with regular soy sauce and extra rock sugar. The sauce should taste a bit saltier than normally how you would like you food, because that is the marinade.
- Reserve half of the remaining swiss sauce for other great recipes. I will post one recipe using swiss sauce later.
Where can you buy dark soy sauce and rock sugar?
99 Ranch Market (1300 S Golden West Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007)
Shun Fat Supermarket (1635 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776)