Mmm… sticky, sweet and tangy. Who doesn’t like barbecue sauce? Chicken, plentiful and easy to prepare, why not combine the two, together? And with that thought in mind, and inspired partially by last months bbq ribs recipe, this leads us onto this weeks recipe. You don’t need to restrict yourself to just the drumsticks, I went for convenience and the fact they were cheap to buy, feel free to mix and match with different cuts, such as wings, thighs and breast for a leaner option, though I’d probably keep the skin on for that slight crispy factor you get, when the good sauce, starts to caramelise and fill the room with that sweet, sweet aroma.
One afternoon while wandering London, with a hungry belly, I came across restaurant chain I’d been meaning to visit for a while, reinterpreting Korean barbecue with a Japanese twist in the heart of Holborn area. A well presented and friendly staff had us seated at our table letting us know what were the specials of the day, where we were pleasantly surprised that their Happy Hour was virtually all day long, potentially dangerous if you wanted to embrace the Salary man concept with a little sake, a little plum wine and a whole lot of beer.
Seated in the comfortable leather booths, in the middle of the table is a sunken electric grill, where a hotplate is placed, once your order is taken. We opted for a mixture of red and white meats, along with starters and seafood, each with their own recommended dipping sauce and marinates.
The concept is pretty simple, you read of the menu what you’d like and the waiting staff brings to your table all the marinated ingredients, where they’ll fire up the electric grill for you and at your own leisure, cook your own meal, with the sizzling aroma of the marinates and meats caramelising in the air.
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Following last years Chill Off, we tried getting tickets to the Ribfest. Demand was so popular after multiple ticket sales, only lasting literally a couple of minutes until selling out, we felt left out, but then relieved when YeeBot pointed out, that a side event was happening in a private members club that was being relaunched, Century. Ticket in hand, we ventured out one rainy Saturday afternoon, where we were relieved that the “Corporate Box” was inside away from the wind and rain that was lashing around outside, in the main event, under the marque.