Big Bite serves a decent poutine but don’t miss the killer buffalo wings, especially on Tuesdays when they’re $3 each. If you’re feeling brave, go for the Homicide Hot Wings that register 1.5 on the Scoville scale. If you can eat the six wings in less than three minutes and then last a further three minutes without refreshment, you’ll score yourself a badge and a place on the wall of honour. Feel the burn!
$54 for six. 196-202 Java Rd, North Point, 6979 9690; fb.com/thebigbitehk
This tiny spot atop Peel Street has a hip Korean pub vibe, complete with some outdoor seats. Stop by for house-infused soju cocktails and Korean-influenced snacks. Though not exactly Korean, Edition’s parmesan chicken wings marry succulent chicken and salty cheese to make a winning combo. Edition’s salt and pepper, spicy and garlic wings are well worth a try, too. In fact, all of Edition’s snacks make for excellent drinking accompaniments.
From $88 for eight. 37 Peel St, Central, 2336 6695;
Roundhouse – Chicken + Beer
Chicken and beer are a match made in heaven, so it should come as no surprise that Roundhouse, a specialist in both, serves some of Hong Kong’s best chicken wings. There’s sweet relief for anyone who loves wings but hates nibbling around the bones, as Roundhouse’s are served boneless. They come in some classic varieties including buffalo, lemon garlic, honey garlic or the ominous ‘Explosive’ wings, named for their spiciness. Shouldn’t be a problem, though, what with all that cold beer.
$88 for eight. 29 Amoy St, Wan Chai, 2866 3330; roundhouse.com.hk
Sama’s Sapporo soup curry is a meal in itself, with different levels of spice ranging from baby bear to adult and crazy bear. If you need a little relief from the heat, or just want a cheeky side dish, order a serving of the Nagoya-style curry wings. These wings are marinated in salt and pepper, sugar, soy sauce, sake, mirin, ginger juice and garlic and are fried to perfection, with just a hint of curry.
$28 for three. 51A Gough St, Sheung Wan, 2191 8850; sama.com.hk
Though nothing to do with Switzerland, Swiss wings are said to have originated in Hong Kong, apparently earning their name through a mispronunciation of ‘sweet wing’. These beauties are marinated in soy sauce, sugar, Chinese wine and spices and, though apocryphal, word is the dish was invented at Tai Ping Koon. It’s a no-brainer then that this is the place to go for some Swiss action.
$90 for four or $176 for eight.
TamJai SamGor Mixian
Inventor of the hot and numbing soup mixian (a type of rice noodle from Yunnan province), TamJai SamGor serves its noodles in a soup with nine levels of spiciness. This place is another instance of an awesome purveyor of spicy soup providing some of Hong Kong’s best chicken wings. Hailing from a different province altogether, the Hunan-style cumin spiced chicken wings are a savoury dish of beauty. We guarantee one plate won’t be enough.
$28 for five. Various locations inc 8 Tai Yuen St, Wan Chai, 8200 1880; tjsamgor.com