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How did you celebrate your first birthday? The Dip turned one last night, and just like El Loco, decided to mark the occasion with a competitive eating competition. Where El Loco had the taco challenge, The Dip put out the call to find who could eat the most hot wings and be crowned Lord of the Wings.
Fried chicken burger $12 birthday special
On the celebratory birthday menu: The Birthday Bird Burger, a chicken thigh fillet battered and deep-fried and served on a bun with lettuce and mayo.
Suze couldn't be swayed from her usual, the confuse di mouth hotdog ($12), a smoked frankfurt with melted cheese, dill pickles, grilled onions, american mustard and ketchup that has all the echoes of your favourite cheeseburger (hence the confusion).
Andrew Levins outlines the rules for the Lord of the Wings competition
We were here to support Lex who had bravely agreed to enter the Lord of the Wings competition. Proceedings kicked off at 7pm and Lex lined his stomach with a fried chicken burger before joining the table of all-male competitors.
Lord of the Wings hot wings round one
The rules were simple. The winner would be whoever could eat the most hot wings within the five minute time period. No drinks were allowed, noone could stand, the bones had to be clean, and the wings promised to get hotter with each batch.
You could smell the chilli sauce from the wings as soon as the first round was sent out from the kitchen, a tumble of drumettes and midwings drenched in a fiery chilli sauce.
Head chef Andrew Levins led the crowd into an eating countdown. The boys charged out of the gates with gusto, using their teeth to rip the flesh straight off the bone.
Eat ALL the wings!
One end of the table demolished the wings with such speed, the kitchen were momentarily caught short preparing the next batch.
Lord of the Wings hot wings round two
Go Lex go!
Just smelling the sauce on the chicken wings made my nostrils twitch. The pain on the competitors' faces became increasingly evident with each mouthful.
He be struggling
World. Of. Pain.
Was it an act of mercy or evil that Levins declared he would extend the eating time for one more minute? The boys plowed on, but there was suffering aplenty.
A quick wing count came up with the final winner. The Lord of the Wings managed to scarf down 19 wings. Our boy Lex came in third with 14 wings. You did us proud!
Lord of the Wings!
And though there were glasses of milk promised to all, relief turned to panic when the precious milk ran out. "Get the cream! Get the cream! It's in the fridge!" Levins implored with urgency, as grown men began to curl up into the foetal position on the floor.
Deep-fried birthday cake $6
But to really celebrate a birthday, one must have cake! Levins delivered with deep-fried birthday cake, a cupcake on a stick dipped in batter and plunged into hot oil.
Cake, batter, strawberry sauce and sprinkles
The cupcake was surprisingly soft inside, drizzled with bright red strawberry sauce and a trail of sprinkles.
Giant hot dog cake made by Suze
And Suze had her own surprise - a homemade giant hot dog cake! The 'frankfurt' was made from blitzed Tim Tams and melted chocolate. The 'bun' was coated in salted caramel icing.
Bianca and Levins
I think they liked it.
The fried chicken burger and fried birthday cake are available all this week at The Dip.
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5/24/2012 02:37:00 am