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The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #1: Domino’s Korean Sticky Wings

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Domino’s Korean Sticky Wings

If you’re cheap and carb-friendly, you probably know that Domino’s is dominating the cheap pizza wars. Its pepperoni pizza is worth at least $2 more than the $5 it costs if you pick-up (though definitely not the $13 it costs for delivery without a coupon). But what you may not know is that it’s Domino’s innovative non-pizza menu that sets Domino’s apart from the fading competition.

The spicy battered prawns are crunchy, salty and delicious, and the mini dutch pancakes are light, fluffy and surprisingly subtle. But the star of the show, the must order item IMHO, is the Korean Sticky Wings. They’re sweet, sticky, and spicy enough to be called spicy (as opposed to most fast food ‘spicy’ menu items), but not spicy enough to be alienating. There’s nothing particularly ‘Korean’ about them, they’re more of an ambiguous pan-Asian mix of chicken, sugar and chili, but the spring onion and sesame seeds to give them an ‘authentic’ feel and some added texture. The chicken is always well cooked – tender and not yet rubbery – and every time I’ve had them they’ve arrived piping hot.

Sure, there are probably better wings out there, but not for $6 and not delivered to your door with a loaf of garlic bread for you to dip in the leftover sauce ($3 extra). I swear that I’ve been paid no money (or chicken-based consideration) by Domino’s or its affiliates to say this, but these cheap pizza chicken wings are better than they have any right to be. / Henry Oliver

GOOD OR BAD? Good

VERDICT: New Zealand’s best vaguely Asian chicken wings available for so little money but with so much convenience.

 

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