Friday, April 27, 2012

Phat Thai - Phat Wings

It is 1:45PM, and I have just finished lunch. I had Nicaraguan food (not from a food truck), and it was tasty. It was filling. It was hot and satisfying on a windy day. But do you know what it wasn't?

It wasn't Phat Wings.

Since 7PM last night at Off the Grid I have had those sweet and spicy morsels from Phat Thai on my mind, and the thought of them will not go away. I love chicken wings because they are uncomplicated but full of flavor, crispy without needing to be breaded and are comprised of dark meat, which is more moist than white meat.

While some restaurants try to make a splash with their wings by setting your mouth on fire via an ever-increasing nuclear arsenal of exotic chili peppers, this Thai food truck instead takes a more subtle approach. Phat Thai wraps their wings in a sweet chili sauce that makes them downright addictive.

An order of Phat Wings consists of six pieces of both drumettes and winglets, all smothered in a sweet honey chili sauce. Since they are served fresh out of the deep fryer, the wings stay beautifully crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. While there is enough sauce to double dip the wings in, it doesn't make the chicken soggy at all. The wings are sweet with a bit of a kick at the end from the chili peppers, but the heat is still on the mild end of the scale. And that's a good thing, because unlike hot wings, Phat Wings are definitely meant to showcase sweet, salty and spicy taste sensations all at once. The marriage of chicken wings with Thai flavors just works.

I almost wish that Phat Thai had a built-in counter next to the order window with some bar stools, because I would have definitely sat there and kept ordering more Phat Wings. As a matter of fact, this is one of the few dishes that makes me wish they sold beer at Haight Street Off the Grid, since it's great gourmet bar food. I'm going to have to look for them at Fort Mason one of these days.

As with all finger food from a food truck, keep in mind who you are dining with. Six wings make for a tasty little snack or a good lunch on the go. Or try pairing an order of Phat Wings with a Som Tum Salad. But if you're eating with others, you better get a couple extra orders of wings, because they have a way of disappearing from in front of you!

If you're in the mood for chicken wings but want something different from ordinary Buffalo wings, give the Phat Wings from Phat Thai a try. But if you can't stop thinking about them afterwards, don't say I didn't warn you.

Rating: 4.5/5 (ratings guide)

Phat Thai (@phatthaisf) $8 for six chicken wings

Does reading this make you want to try this vendor? Tell them that you saw them at I Left My Cart in San Francisco and support San Francisco street cuisine!

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