Friday, March 30, 2007

A Gourmet Meal?

Most of the food that I find at the market are things that I can use to produce a good meal. My culinary skills have never included these chicken feet. Anybody know how to cook them (and why I should ??!)

23 comments:

Ming_the_Merciless said...

There is no meat in chicken feet, just skins and cartilage.

This is how you would prepare them. Chop off the claws/nails and throughly clean them. Then deep fry the feet until they are crispy and golden brown. Smother the fried feet in some Chinese black bean sauce and voila, it's ready to be eaten.

Conceptually, it is the same as smothered fried chicken, except with chicken feet. :-)

Chad Oneil said...

Scary looking ;)

Anne said...

Hi Kate! first time to visit your blog =) We also have here in the Philippines, and is usually seen as steet food. We call it Adidas... hehehe did you get it!

jb said...

I've had them in Thailand from street hawkers - grilled slowly over charcoal. Not too bad.

Kerry-Anne said...

The only reason that I can think of to cook them, is to one day be able to say "I once cooked chicken feet...". Which is not too bad a reason, in my opinion. :)

Olivier said...

j'aime pas trop cela, je prefere le blanc dans le poulet. je te souhaite un bon weekend culinaire



I do not like too that, I prefer the white in chicken. I wish you a good culinary weekend

Kala said...

yikes - I admit, I dont think Id like to cook this - I dont know if they have much meat on them either and I would have to close my eyes haha
nice to see something like that =)

Mandi said...

No idea at all! I'm very squemish so tend to stay clear from chicken feet.

isabella said...

They look like corn - maybe you can shuck them ;-)))

Abraham Lincoln said...

Oh my. My mother always prepared the chicken's feet to eat. She ate them. But they were so easy to prepare. She never removed the toenails but cooked the whole foot in boiling water - I no longer remember how long. When done she placed them on a plate on the table. Then she would take one and peel off the outside (yellow color) hard skin almost like plastic. Under that, and down to the actual bone, in a white colored meat that she simply stuck in her mouth and sucked off the meat. When finished all that was left was the bone with a toenail on each end. I thought it was disgusting and when I tried to eat one she had peeled, I could get the foot up to my face but then I would see those toenails and I just couldn't put the thing in my mouth. So I never tasted the white meat but mother said it was delicious.

I did eat the egg sacks with the eggs in all stages of development, and the heart, liver, and gizzards and mother always prepared the chicken's neck. And I learned to eat the meal off of that and it was good. I still like chicken necks to eat but they are hard to find here in markets.

A very neat post. It brought back a lot of memories when we were very poor during World War II.

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kris said...

ming's suggestion is the exact way i would cook it. It tastes great with some steam rice.

and the thais like to make it into a spicy salad ..that's yummy,too!

Dsole said...

oh... I haven't never try them!
But... are you going to try?

Jazzy said...

maybe they're good for a soup.
great and unusual photo.

Rauf said...

Kate, Sister makes excellent chicken rice called Biryani. Invited a friend who is on a visit to my city for training. He brought his colleague along but unfortunately his was fasting, this being lent.

Your picture makes me hungry again Kate.

Jilly said...

Once upon a long time ago, I ate pigs' trotters - I even cooked them. We eat chicken wings in France (well I don't cos I'm vegetarian) but I guess feet aren't so very different, except for the nails...

Jilly x

denton said...

Kae, they would be a lot of work to eat for very little return. Plus the idea is not very appealing. However, I eat chicken gizzards and that should not be appealing ether.

Anne, funny play on words.

Keropok Man said...

i love chicken feet! we get them from dimsum restaurants and they simply delicious.

the preparation is just like how ming has decribed. after deep frying the chicken feet till they are puffed up. then marinate it with a little black bean sauce, chilli slices then steam them. they would taste very yummylicious!

angela said...

Sorry I couldn't eat these no matter how they were prepared or how delicious you say they are.
Interesting photo though, Kate.
Angela

Eamon said...

where we come from in Africa they would cook them on a BBQ at the side of the roadalong with whole sheep heads. The chicken feet are called walkie talkies and the sheep head is called smiley.
Looks like you are enjoying yourself Kate.

Take care

Kuanyin said...

I've had these at dim sum restaurants when I didn't know what I was eating, and like Ming said when they are smothered in black bean sauce, they don't taste bad. But out of personal preference and choice, I would decline them!

Helen said...

We use them to make chicken stock. They are ugly, aren't they!?

Felicia said...

Oooh, very yucky looking!

Bill said...

because they are there?