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Fly back in time to Larry Himmel’s favorite chicken wing spot

Salt and Pepper chicken wings continues to be the highest vendor at Royal Mandarin Restaurant in National City.

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — Eight years in the past this November, CBS 8’s legendary storyteller Larry Himmel handed away. In this Zevely Zone, I returned to certainly one of Larry’s favorite eating places in National City, the place their particular dish nonetheless flies out the door. “Do you have any idea how many chicken wings you cook a day here?” requested Larry in 2013 when he visited the Royal Mandarin Restaurant. According to Larry back then, “It’s not for weak of palate, nor the faint of heart. But the Royal Mandarin restaurant in National City serves up a deep-fried delicacy that folks simply can’t stop eating.”

The restaurant’s proprietor Mario Woo nonetheless serves a whole menu of Mandarin delicacies on the Plaza Boulevard café.

But one merchandise he is created has been a standout since 1984. “The most popular one is the chicken wings. The salt and pepper chicken wings. People love it,” stated Mario. The wings are first dipped in a batter of flour, corn starch, salt and water, then, as a result of one fryer isn’t sufficient, they’re triple-deep fried. “They put it down, one by one to the first one, and then they move it to the second one. Then when it goes to the third one, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes and they are ready to go,” stated Mario.

Locals have an insatiable urge for food for Mario’s salt and pepper chicken wings. Larry cherished to inform tales, make us chuckle and when it got here to restaurant, he by no means chickened out. In 2013, he warned us the Royal Mandarin might not be the place for you for those who’re counting energy, particularly the Salt and Pepper chicken wings. “Yes, yes, still our number one seller, always,” stated Mario.  So, what number of did Larry eat that day? “That I don’t remember. I did not pay attention,” stated Mario who refused to rat Larry out. Mario may not disclose Larry’s wing depend, however his recipe has at all times been an open guide.

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San Diegans know the true deal once they see it and that features Larry’s wit. I shared Larry’s closing line from his story with a desk of USPS employees. Larry joked that, “Somewhere in the South Bay a cardiologist is smiling.” The desk erupted with laughter. Himmel humor stands the take a look at of time; no bones about it. “Best wings in town,” stated the shoppers.

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The Royal Mandarin Restaurant cooks up to 4 thousand kilos of chicken wings a day. For extra details about the National City restaurant go to their web site by clicking here.

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