Braised chicken feet are a dim sum classic that don't get much love in this country. So why learn to cook them? Provided you can get over the mental hurdle, they're actually one of the most flavor-packed dim sum dishes around. Give them a shot and you may well find yourself fighting for that last claw so that you can suck every flavorful bit of skin and cartilage from between the tiny bones.
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Though they're a dim sum classic, braised chicken feet (A.K.A. phoenix claws) can be a challenge for those unused to eating them. It takes a little while to get used to the plump claws sticking out of a little bowl, and a bit of work to get at the meat in between the tiny bones, but the flavor-packed rewards are well worth the mental and physical effort.
My method for cooking chicken feet has always been to deep fry it and then simmer it, resulting in gelatinous chicken feet. But since I was getting tired of the same old thing, I reversed the order—first simmered, then deep-fried. The results were sufficiently different as to reinvigorate my love of chicken feet.
For many people, the passing of Halloween signals that it is time to start fretting about the gift-giving season. For the offal lover on your list, consider this: pickled offal and animal parts. Nothing says, "I care for you. You are a special, appreciated person in my life," like a jar of pickled feet, and if you've gone through the trouble of pickling the parts yourself, all the better.
"The ghoulish shade of its skin, so unlike the golden-brown hue that we associate with a perfectly roasted bird, appeared more macabre than appetizing." [Photographs: Chichi Wang] I learned to speak English by watching a lot of old movies. Carey...
I'm fond of all poultry feet. Goose and duck feet have ample amounts of webbing; when stewed, they are delicate and tender with a hint of chewiness that resembles the texture of simmered sheets of bean curd. While goose and duck feet are more prized in Chinese cuisine, I prefer the meatiness of a chicken's foot.
Photograph courtesy of Burnt Lumpia I had no idea until I read this post on Burnt Lumpia. Says its proprietor, Marvin: In the Philippines, street food vendors can be found grilling marinated chicken feet that are playfully nicknamed "Adidas" (three toes = three stripes). Similarly, grilled chicken heads are referred to as "helmets," and pig ears are known as the ever-so-80's "Walkman". I'm not making this up. He's got tips on picking the best chicken feet and a recipe to grill them up right....