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Start by making the brine. Mix 1 litre of warm water with the salt, sugar, thyme and bay in a large bowl. Once the salt and sugar has dissolved, submerge the chicken wings in the brine and marinade in the fridge overnight or for up to 18 hrs.
Mix the flours in a large bowl, seasoning well. For the sauce, put the sriracha, gochujang, vinegar, soy, peanut butter and golden syrup in a large pan over a low heat. Bring just to the boil, then reduce the heat, stirring often so the sauce doesn’t catch. After 5 mins, remove from the heat and cool, then stir in the sesame oil.
Drain the wings, wiping off any excess brine. Dip in the buttermilk and then coat the wings by dredging them in the seasoned flour. Heat enough oil in a wide, deep pan to fry the wings, getting it to a temperature of 140C – a piece of bread should brown in about 40 seconds. Add the wings in two batches, deep-frying for 10-12 mins or until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is sealed but barely browned. Drain on kitchen paper and chill.
Reheat the oil until it reaches 190C (a piece of bread should brown in about 10 seconds) and add the wings back in, again in two batches, cooking for 2-3 mins or until crisp and deeply golden. Make sure they are hot through before tossing in the sauce to coat and leaving to drip on a wire rack over a tray. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds before serving.