Here’s my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo Twelve Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
• Three Chongqing-style chicken dishes from China Star
When it’s cold outside, I can’t think of a dish to get you sweating faster than Chongqing style chicken with roasted chiles ($12.95).
In this classic Sichuan-style dish, garlic and ginger are sautéed with crispy chicken pieces with an eye-popping amount of roasted chiles and Sichuan peppercorns. The crunchy, spicy popcorn chicken bits nestled among the chiles are addictive and delicious.
This meal will cover you in a sheen of sweat and provide a wonderful high from the endorphin release. While it may not be the finest meal to share with your lover, it will certainly fill her with an inner warmth.
[Read Andrew Galarneau's guide to WNY's best authentic Chinese dishes]
Info: China Star, 4001 Sheridan Drive, Amherst