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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Crazy Wings, Chinatown Sydney

"Crazy wings? Ooh yes," Billy said with a smile. "Let's eat here."

Insert the word 'crazy in front of something, and surely knee-slapping mad-cap hilarity is guaranteed?

We've stopped in at Crazy Wings for a late night feed, and as we run through the menu that lists crazy wings, crazy lamb, crazy kidney, crazy ox tongue, crazy seafood, crazy vege, crazy snack, crazy soup... I can feel my pupils start to make their own loop-the-loops in opposite directions. It's like being in a late night TV commercial with enormous fonts crashing onto the screen. It's that crazy!

Crazy wings branded bowls

Perhaps this is why all the bowls and cups in the place are made from melamine, an insurance of unbreakables in a place where obviously anything can happen.

What does happen, is carnage. We had walked past tables strewn with the chaotic debris of caveman feasting. Chicken bones, prawn heads and fish bones lay beneath piles of decimated skewers in a trail of unadulterated feasting.

Original idea and chilli pepper wings $2.50 each

It's evident that the skewers are responsible for the craziness - each 'crazy' item is served on a skewer, spiced and cooked the 'old Beijing way' according the menu.

We start with the original idea and the chilli pepper chicken wings, two midwings speared tightly along two skewers and cooked so the fat has rendered the skin to a smoky crisp. We find the original idea is sweet and salty with a dusting of cumin; the chilli pepper is quite spicy but it's nothing compared to the next one.

BT Monster $3.00

We'd been unsure why one skewer had been served on its own until one bite in we realise it's the BT Monster. This isn't a monster - it's a beast beyond your deepest darkest nightmares. The wings haven't been sprinkled in chilli powder, they've rolled around and wrestled in it, until the chilli powder granules have infiltrated every crevice. There's more red dust here than Uluru.

I take a cautious bite and splutter immediately. It's not just the fact that the wings are hot, it's more that the liberal layer of raw chilli powder is so dry it immediately adheres itself to your tongue and the side of your cheek, burning burning burning despite your desperate attempts to swallow it down.

So this is what non-chilli eaters must endure. I'd forgotten that sensation of helpless pain and flapping panic. I get through it eventually, albeit with the help of some rice (much more effective at relieving chilli pain than water).

Crazy lamb 5 for $8.00

Crazy lamb skewers are a relief for the tastebuds. Dusted with cumin, the lamb is tender and slightly caramelised on the edges.

Crazy beef fried rice $11.80

Fried rice is served in picturesque wooden pails and generously portioned. It's enough to feed both of us, and whilst the vegetables are a disappointing mix of frozen peas, carrots and corn, it's hard to hold a grudge against rice served so quaintly with a wooden paddle.

The crazy fish look good - river fish skewered down the middle with their mouths wide open. But there's no room for more, not even for honey toast and pancakes. Yep, served on skewers as well. Of course it would be. It's crazy.

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Crazy Wings
Shop 41/1 Dixon Street, Haymarket Chinatown, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9267 8862

Open 7 days 10am-10pm

Crazy Wings will be opening soon at the new Eat Street (formerly Railway Street) next to Chatswood Station, alongside fellow tenants Mamak and Bavarian Bier Cafe.

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/06/2010 02:14:00 am


  • At 10/06/2010 4:51 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Just the name of this place is hilarious. That fried rice looks fantastic though - I think I may have to cook some for my dinner!

  • At 10/06/2010 8:18 am, Blogger Shanks said…

    Did someone say caveman feasting...I'm in...Argh!! :)

  • At 10/06/2010 9:02 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    lol loop the loop crazy eyes haha you know how i feel about crazy eyes!

  • At 10/06/2010 9:21 am, Anonymous food.4.two said…

    What a great idea, to go out and eat "crazy" stuff :)

  • At 10/06/2010 9:27 am, Anonymous Minh said…

    Welcome to our Chilli world! lol but seriously, that's one crazy skewer

  • At 10/06/2010 10:03 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    I'm in heaven just reading about this place! A while ago I walked past Crazy Wings and wondered what all the fuss was about. Now I can see. Might have to get down there soon and revert to my inner caveman

  • At 10/06/2010 11:03 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    LOL @ 'flapping panic' - visuals, I see you :P

    This place sounds hilariously good. Needs more CAVEMAN CRAZY!!

  • At 10/06/2010 11:06 am, Blogger Viv said…

    hehe i loved your description of how your pupils looped. lol. can't believe this place is opening up opposite where i live in chats (along with mamak as well!) yayyy!

  • At 10/06/2010 11:51 am, Anonymous billy @ a table for two said…

    I would like to see those cocky bastards who always think they can eat very hot food (Yes @the heart of food, I am looking at you!) to come here for the BT Monster Chicken!

  • At 10/06/2010 12:04 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Oh, what I would have given to see you flapping around! I, too, have a fairly high chilli tolerance, but am sure I would've been whimpering under the table with this one too :)

  • At 10/06/2010 5:29 pm, Anonymous Jacq said…

    hehe I love food on sticks! and if you were spluttering from the BT monster I'd imagine that I'd need that whole bucket of rice to relieve the burn if I ate it. It looks deadly!

  • At 10/06/2010 7:49 pm, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    Love the description of the super hot one - crazy..!

  • At 10/06/2010 11:50 pm, Blogger Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said…

    Haha, dessert on skewers? Indeed - crazy! Looking forward to them opening in Chatswood.

  • At 10/07/2010 8:38 am, Anonymous Simon @ the heart of food said…

    BT Monster sounds awesome! Would love to try it out :)

    Pancake on a stick? Interesting...

  • At 10/07/2010 11:32 am, Blogger the dainty baker said…

    That BT monster looks insane!!! love hot food ... what an interesting restaurant.. must try it out!

  • At 10/08/2010 1:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Your words never cease to make me drool.... mmmmm crazytown

  • At 10/09/2010 11:30 pm, Anonymous Julie said…

    omg that looks awesome! I think I will died in restaurant due to the spice

  • At 10/11/2010 1:21 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Gourmet Chick - Fried rice is always a good leftover special! And yes, the name is half the appeal!

    Hi Chocolatesuze - lol. I do indeed!

    Hi Margaret - lol. I haven't been in that much pain in a long time!

    Hi Jacq - You're been warned!

  • At 10/26/2010 9:44 pm, Anonymous MagicMoments said…

    Hello Grab Your Fork

    8 of us ate at Crazy Wings after your review. Although devastated that the BT Monster was not available, even the second hottest rating has this spicy fan going whoooo - OMG! I recommend the abalone mushrooms (oyster mushrooms) and this is from someone who doesn't really like vegetables. It came to $22 including drinks with two buckets of rice - amazing value!

  • At 4/10/2012 3:15 pm, Blogger Lego said…

    Love the food but sadly the service sucks! Having to ask for items that you ordered like rice. And service with no smile!


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