Chicken feet are nothing surprising to the frequent dim sum-eater, but to others a bowl of this stuff might look strange and inedible. During a meal at 88 Palace in New York City's Chinatown (which you'll soon read about on Serious Eats New York), we shared an order of steamed chicken feet. One of my Chinese friends said that she's seen them referred to as "Phoenix Claws," which sounds way cooler than it actually is.
What do "Phoenix Claws" taste like? In my experience, mostly bone and insubstantial bits of gooey meat matter. I can't say it's my favorite dim sum dish. But don't take my word for it—some people love chicken feet as though it's a gift from God.