Chicken wings are pure comfort food, but Kasadela Izakaya's wings hardly soothe. They're packed with garlic and black pepper and carry serious bite. On this episode of Food Curated, we meet Azuki Yamashita, owner of Kasadela Izakaya in the East Village. Yamashita describes the black pepper, garlic, and soy sauce that coats the Japanese-style fried wings as "harmony." According to Stanley Pierre, the sake specialist at Kasadela, "You can resuscitate someone by intravenously flowing Tebasaki sauce into their system."
The wings themselves are a labor of love. They are fried once, then again to order before getting tossed in the addictive sauce. But the best part of the wings is that the crispness comes from pure chicken skin: no buttermilk batter or breadcrumbs here.