Spicy Japanese style chicken wings
I wonder if they have adapted a Chinese salt-and-pepper shrimp or fish recipe.
Alton Brown has a chicken wing episode, a recent one if I'm not mistaken. Instead of deep frying, he steams the wing pieces to get rid of much of the fat, then oven-fries them. For his second batch he used a seasoning mix that had Asian overtones.
Did the Japanese place use panko crumbs or a tempura batter?