For many years, thinly pounded sheets or dusts of gold have been used as garnish in several pastries and gourmet meals. Adding edible gold to some of our favorite food somehow became a trend that only the rich can afford.
The new addition to this bourgeois trend is that fried chicken are now being sold at a whopping $1000 USD as it is dusted with 24 karat gold. This is taking the term “golden fried chicken” on a way too literal level.
The gold-covered chicken wings was a new addition to the list of insane food items (including Mac & Cheese Burger) at the Ainsworth — an NYC-based sports bar and lounge. In collaboration with Jonathan Cheban a.k.a Foodgōd (who’s best known for his relationship with the Kardashians), the fried chicken platter called “The Foodgod 24 Karat Wings” are available to order in batches of: 10 wings for $30 USD, 20 wings for $60 USD or 50 wings and a bottle of Champagne Armand de Brignac for $1,000 USD.
In a video posted by Food Insider, the wings are said to be brined in a lemon and bay leaf mix for 12 hours. It is then massaged in a garlic and paprika rub, baked, and fried. After that, the fried chicken are dipped in the “most expensive butter there is,” gold butter mixed with honey buffalo sauce.
This restaurant in NYC serves a $1,000 gold wings developed by a friend of the Kardashians 🏆 pic.twitter.com/oPVQKk1zLy
— FOOD INSIDER (@InsiderFood) May 3, 2018
The luxurious meal was met with mixed reactions online where some people commended how “extra” the meal is and shared Instagram-worthy photos of it.
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Meanwhile, many people think that the Foodgod 24 Karat Wings are ludicrous and absolutely a waste of money.
THERE'S SO PPL DYING OF HUNGER IN THE WORLD AND RICH PPL ARE SO RICH AND BORED THEY COVERING CHICKENS IN GOLD AND SPENDING $1000 ON IT JUST SO THEY SHIT IT OUT HOURS LATER I HATE CAPTIALISM AND HUMAN BEINGS SO MUCH https://t.co/szJa4oHV0H
— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) May 4, 2018
folks finna buy $1000 chicken wings but wouldnt give a homeless person a $5 meal
— 800Dred (@175thspazz) May 4, 2018
Why eat $1000 wings when we can just eat the rich?
— Clever Joke That Makes Me Sound Smart 🌹 (@Conqy) May 4, 2018
This reminds me of the people from the Capitol in The Hunger Games who drank a liquid that caused them to vomit so they could have enough room in their stomachs for more food. Meanwhile everyone else was starving.
— Ya Granny. (@Ayee_Kels) May 4, 2018
White ppl will put anything on chicken except adequate seasoning.
— Nike Connoisseur (@olemansharpe) May 4, 2018
I want rich gluttons to try chicken wings glazed with mercury this time.
Gold is so 2010 anyway 💅
— Migikun[(1/3)x(oec)+(yyxy)] (@migikun12) May 5, 2018
Wtf is up with "chefs" taking working class food and making it cost hundreds of dollars (or more)?!
— Pup Oskar (@grumpypup17) May 5, 2018
Rich people get bored, and want more ridiculous ways to blow their money, so chefs develop new things for them to spend that $$$ on?🤔
— Emmerdoesn't Rep me (@NotMYRep) May 5, 2018
wealthy or not who tf wants to eat something covered in gold 🙅🏽
— Rysheeda 👑 (@rysheedamonique) May 5, 2018
Some even pointed out that the chicken was undercooked despite it being “baked and fried” as said in the video. Imagine what Gordon Ramsay would have to say!
$1000 for uncooked wings pic.twitter.com/jaMQxfWtlL
— JL (@NewJaeCity) May 4, 2018
Is that pink in the middle?? pic.twitter.com/VOpe7YtQ1C
— Elon Musty (@zeezylove) May 5, 2018
Imagine paying all that money for some uncooked, gold colored wings. When other people don’t even know where their next meal is coming from. Capitalism is disgusting pic.twitter.com/einr32ZqoW
— 香槟酒 帕皮 (@eff_yo_tweets2) May 4, 2018
— Albert Baratheon (@BrokenRev) May 5, 2018
is that blood on her lip 😷 pic.twitter.com/vQLUyj0FKE
— hadrah ✨ (@hadrahx) May 5, 2018
I'm really confused about how them wings r still raw after being baked & fried pic.twitter.com/UcHiHPy8Jd
— Poke Her like Hontas (@roseroyse23) May 5, 2018
You might be wondering what’s really so special with food covered with gold and what happens when you eat it? The answer is this: Gold is actually tasteless so it doesn’t really add flavor to your food (it does make it sparkly and pricey, though). Toronto food writer Corey Mintz told Macleans that eating gold is the absolute height of tastelessness. “If you find yourself eating gold, just take a moment for self-reflection, you’ll see just what a callous act it is.”
Eating edible gold also won’t do anything to your body except pass through it—and leave it as waste. According to Food & Wine, gold is chemically inert, which means it won’t be absorbed or break down during digestion. “Most likely, edible gold won’t be absorbed from the digestive system into the bloodstream, and therefore it will pass through the body and eliminated as waste,” said New York-based dietitian, Cynthia Sass. By eating edible gold, you’re basically just flushing your money down the drain.
We all just want our chicken to be tasty and crispy, but these people really have to add gold?
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