Cánh Gà Chiên Nước Mắm Recipe

Hi Globetrotters,

So I love cooking for my parents, especially when my mom comes home from work. Since I was on vacation, I said I would cook midweek.

I landed on an easy recipe, fish sauce flavored chicken wings. Fish sauce is a salty, fermented fish and you can find it in any Asian grocery store. The smell really reeks. You don’t want to break one of those bottles like that one time I decided to twirl it like a baton. However, fish sauce gives this really intense umami flavor, and so it is a staple in Vietnamese cuisine.

For the wings, I got the marinade recipe from the Instagram account twaydabae, who actually got the recipe from someone else. That is as far as it goes. I did not deep fry this like she did (save me some calories) or make that sticky sauce (save me from high blood pressure or diabetes).

See the recipe below (serves 5-6 people):

  • 20-24 chicken wings
  • 1 cup fish sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Bird’s eye chili (optional)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. In a mortar, mash garlic into a paste and then add water to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. In a big bowl, throw in wings.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and fish sauce. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Strain the garlic chunks from the mortar and dump the garlic juice into the fish sauce. Stir.
  5. Pour the mixture over the wings and massage the chicken wings so the meat is evenly coated.
  6. Refrigerate overnight maximum 12 hours.
  7. Next day, line an air fryer with aluminum foil and place chicken wings, skin-side up, in a single layer.
  8. Heat the wings on 390 F for 15 minutes.
  9. Flip the wings over and heat at 400 F for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from the air fryer and sprinkle with freshly slice bird’s eye chili or red pepper flakes.
  11. Repeat steps 7-10 until done with all the wings. Enjoy!

It was a complete hit with barely any leftovers. The marinate soaked through enough, where it was the right amount of salt and sugar. I marinated mine over 12 hours. For the most part it is healthy than the alternative, and it has that beautiful, golden sheen. Very pleasing to the eye.

I hope you give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think.



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