As a Dutch-Indonesian I take my chicken very seriously. I can talk for hours about tender thighs and the importance of eating chicken skin. I adore all parts of the chicken, but I am kind of addicted to the wings. The chicken wings that Arie van Buuren sells, to be precisely. You’ll find this poulterer close to meat boutique Louman and the Islamic butcher Vette Kalfje (Fat Calf). Meat rules in this street and Van Buuren is the undisputed King of Chicken. Anyone who dares to question his authority should try his chicken wings. Before he puts this wings in the grill, he let them soak in a marinade of soy sauce, sambal (a chili-based sauce) and pepper. Totally unique about this meat is the complete absence of bones. It must take Arie forever to get the meat as ‘clean’ as it is. But boy, oh boy, it sure pays off! The firm meat is as juicy as you want your chicken to be. The skin is deliciously crispy. No need to pimp up this bird! I eat the wings without any side-dish at all or with just one simple dish: slices of cucumber with a dressing of vinegar, pepper and sugar.
A. van Buuren
Chicken wings, one kilo, €17.50
Tweede Goudsbloemdwarsstraat 6, City Centre (Jordaan)
+31 (0) 20 624 75 48
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Wednesday 8am-1.30pm, Saturday 8am-4pm