‘We Try It’ is a regular series where we try the latest off-beat food and beverage offerings.
Order any McDonald’s meal and there’s a good chance your food is served with a side of Coke. Less common, and perhaps previously unheard of outside of China, is the combining of the accompanying beverage with the meal itself.
Unlike the classic seared cola chicken dish popular in North China, this fast food variation is deep-fried, making it really hard to mess up.
Image by Jesse Pottinger for That’s
At first bite, the crisp, greasy chicken blends with its cola coating to create a sweet and savory flavor that has an almost cinnamon-like taste.
After the second bite, the Coca-Cola begins to truly reveal itself. The cola syrup is visible on the breaded coating of the wings, but hints of sweetness seem to trickle into the meat as well.
Minutes after we finish the final wing, a flavor comparable to the five-cent pop-bottle gummies that you get at convenience stores lingers on the tongue like the notes of vanilla and fruit in a finely aged whiskey.
Yeah, we just compared chicken wings to high-end booze.
In reality, there’s nothing special, nor appealing, about the idling remains of fructose and grease in one’s mouth, but we digress. For what they are – an unusual fast food-soft drink fusion – McDonald’s Coca-Cola chicken wings are tasty and you should definitely give them a try.
Who’s eating them: fast food fanatics, kids whose parents don’t cook
Price: RMB12 for a wing and drumstick
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