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ROUND TWO: BIRD
Gochujang wings (hot & sweet), £5
These are so crunchy! That gluten-free coating, it crunches hard. They’re good, but a bit like a starter.
The crisps of chicken. This is like the beginners fried chicken. If you’re not too crazy about too many spices, this is a good starting point. This is the opposite end of the spectrum to the first one.
Wings with soy-garlic sauce, £5
A hundred per cent sweet and sour. If anyone ever wondered what sweet and sour is, this is the epitome. And it’s fantastic with the coleslaw. This is kind of like having hot sauce with fish pie. You just want to keep eating it, the tingle of the spiciness is addictive. Hot sauce, spicy lovers should definitely come here. And Chinese food lovers. This is the s&m of chicken.
Sweet, sour and spicy. This gives you that lip fire. I love this. You bite in, you get the sweet and sour taste, and a couple of seconds after the spice kicks in, and it all goes together so well. It’s like, pow! It’s like a really hot curry. It’s really addictive.
Buffalo wings with buttermilk ranch sauce, £5
So, so tangy, it’s made my eyes water and my tongue go funny. I do not like that at all. It’s rich and sour. That could be any meat, you can’t really taste it. It’s too much. It’s an acquired taste. I could imagine it’s like when you first have a katsu curry - it’s rank. But now, I’m katsu king.
It’s like a packet of salt & vinegar crisps. The Korean wings, there’s a lot of vinegar. Like a vinegary wine. Like an assault on your mouth. It’s a zingy tang. It’s a really niche taste; I’m sure some people would love this. It’s kinds like man vs. food.
Bird, 42-44 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA
ROUND THREE: CLUTCH
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