B. WINGS: The Home of the Black Mamba (OAP)

(This was published in OurAwesomePlanet.com and Mercato Centrale last June 12, 2013)

Not long ago, the chicken wings craze hit the metro and many fell for it, as seen in various food stalls and restaurants. This tasty part of the poultry is, in fact, one of the favorite foods of the creators of B.Wings.

It was one year ago when Marc Castro put up this food business with his partners from the same office where he used to work. He left the corporate world already to pursue his passion for food. He is no stranger to this industry as his family is into catering. At an early age, he learned how to help out in the kitchen by doing simple tasks such as washing rice or mixing pancit. When he reached college-age, he would take up culinary classes during summer. Now, he and his partners serve eight varieties of chicken wings in the different Mercato weekend markets.

What sets it apart from other brands is their creative flavors and names. Want a taste of P-NOY? This wing variant has no sauce and acts like an appetizer to open your palate for the more flavorful variants. Or go for B-NAY for its Filipino barbecue taste. Better yet, let your taste buds sample Barack o pakpak, which is the hottest wing on the menu that features African chili as one of its main ingredients.

Aside from these “presidential flavors”, the must-try is the Black Mamba, Mexican-inspired wings with a spicy mole sauce that has cocoa undertones. I love chocolate and I love chicken separately, but together it sounds like an unusual combination. I must say, though, B.Wings made it work. It definitely deserves a two-thumbs up. No wonder it is the bestseller.

Other variants are the Caramelized Wings (with peanut butter), Morimoto (New York-style wing with wasabi and leeks), Garlic Cheddar, Original Mild and Original Medium Buffalo Wings. All the chicken in B.Wings is chilled and not frozen, ensuring that it retains moisture for that delightful eating experience. It is also competitively priced at P110 for an order of five wings, and P200 for 10 pieces.

Among the eight choices, there would surely be one to cater to your chicken wing cravings. Maybe next time they’ll find a way to incorporate another food trend in their menu. Would we see some cookie butter wings, perhaps?