125 ml(½ cup) fish sauce135 gm(½ cup) crushed light palm sugar4garlic cloves, pounded to a paste in a mortar and pestle2small red chillies, finely chopped2 tspsoy sauce1 kgchicken wings400 mlsunflower oilTo serve:thinly sliced spring onion, bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint, lime cheeks, cucumber slices and steamed rice (optional)
Combine fish sauce, palm sugar, garlic, chilli and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add chicken wings and toss to coat.
Heat oil in a wok to 170C or until shimmering, drain wings (reserve marinade) and pat dry with absorbent paper. Shallow-fry wings in batches, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked through (10 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper and transfer to a large bowl.
Simmer marinade in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until a light caramel colour (5 minutes). Pour onto wings and toss to combine. Serve with spring onion, bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint, lime cheeks, cucumber and steamed rice.