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4. WINGS – STATUS KUO (Los Angeles)
An Asian twist on classic pub grub, the wings at Status Kuo are doused in gochujang, a piquant Korean fermented chile paste, and served with a side of tofu “blue cheese.” Made from chili peppers, sticky rice, fermented soybeans and salt, gochujang isn’t a finishing sauce like sriracha or tabasco — it’s too aggressive — and is generally cut with something like soy sauce, sesame oil or sugar during cooking.