What’s for Dinner? Chicken Feet?!

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Happy feet! Tastes like chicken!

Wandering around Argwings Kodhek road, I stumbled upon a ‘Chinese Supermarket’. Situated on the bottom of Studio House, the store sells what are essentially Chinese food items. I decided to check it out and see what would interest me, hoping to find a few kitchen utensils or tools that would make my stir-fry adventures a bit more authentic.

Raw chicken feet. Gotta chop those nails off.
Raw chicken feet. Gotta chop those nails off.

The shop is mostly stocked with items that have Chinese descriptions, and I wished that they would train their staff to understand what the different items were for. Given that some had pictures to accompany them, others didn’t, and you were hard pressed to understand what dish some ingredients were for.

After a while, I came down to the frozen meet section where I found a tray of feet chilling. Pun intended. They were chicken feet. After having done an 8 country tour recently and gorging on wild boar, hog’s jowl, snails, oysters and any other weird foods I could get my hands on, it only seemed fair that I gave the chicken feet a try.

I’ve often wondered what chicken feet taste like. I think I had watched Andrew Zimmern on “Bizarre Foods” and he made the chicken feet served in NYC’s Chinatown sound delicious. With a recipe adapted from the internet, I was good to go! (Adapted from AnnieVang.com)

 

Get your ingredients prepped before you start.
Get your ingredients prepped before you start.

So… prep your ingredients:

  • 1 tray chicken feet (about 500g)
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 sprig parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 ginger tuber sliced into small strips – I love lots of ginger
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch mixed with 1/2 cup water

How to cook

  1. Wash the chicken feet. Cut off the nails with scissors or a sharp knife. Drain the water by wrapping the chicken feet in cloth, and let them dry.
  2. In a hot pan, add the oil. Plop in the chicken feet and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add the onions, ginger and garlic to the pan and stir, then add the soy sauce and stir some more. Add water and let simmer for a while until tender. If you have a pressure cooker, cook them for 20 minutes. Watch that the water doesn’t completely dry.
  4. Add the brown sugar and corn starch mix, and stir for 5 – 10 mins until the sauce thickens.
  5. Serve hot! You may use chilli to make them super hot, however you like it. I served mine alongside some rice noodles and yellow peppers.

What did they taste like?

Chicken feet, served on a bed of rice noodles, with mint and yellow pepper to garnish
Chicken feet, served on a bed of rice noodles, with mint and yellow pepper to garnish

The ‘meat’ on the feet is glutinous, but the sauce mix made them very yummy. They kind of puff up when cooked, and are soft to bite. I’d say don’t knock them till you try them! Bon appetit!

  • I love chicken feet. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it.