Turn Your Flat Cola Into A Cheap Dinner

They say life is fleeting, but it’s got nothing on carbonated soft drink. One moment, the cola in your fridge is effervescent and delicious — the next, it’s a flat and syrupy swamp. If you regularly find yourself tossing out half-empty Coke bottles, here’s a quick tip to re-purpose those listless dregs into a meal the whole family can enjoy.

Coke chicken wings are a tasty treat that are quick to prepare and will only cost you around $1.50 per head (not including side dishes like rice and hot chips). All you need are chicken wings, a bit of soy sauce and your leftover cola.

When making this dish, I cut the chicken wings into three segments and fry them in a wok with a little peanut oil. Once they are browned, I add a few drips of soy sauce to each wing and then pour in the Coke (the amount of Coke you need depends on how many wings you’re making, but as a general rule they should be half submerged).

The next step is to cover the wok and allow the cola to reduce — it will eventually turn into a sticky substance similar in appearance and consistency to black bean sauce. Turn the wings over a few times and you’re good to go. You can also garnish with some diced spring onions if you have some handy.

There are numerous online recipes for this dish that go into a lot more detail and add extra ingredients, but for a quick dinner fix, the above is all you need to know. Happy eating!

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