Servings: 10 drumsticks

10 chicken wings
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
Vegetable oil

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1 egg
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut each chicken wing at joint to make 2 pieces.
Cut skin and meat loose from narrow end of bone; push meat and skin down to large end of bone. Pull skin and meat down over end of bone to form a ball. Mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch, the sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, the soy sauce, and five spice powder; sprinkle over chicken drumsticks. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Heat vegetable oil (1 1/2 inches) in wok to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, water, egg, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Dip ball end of each drumstick into batter. Fry 5 drumsticks at a time until light brown, turning 2 or 3 times, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towel. Increase oil temperature to 375 degrees F. Fry drumsticks all at one time until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towel.