Dim Sum Series: Chicken Feet

As much as I’m trying to expose people to the wonderful world of dim sum, there are some things that taste delicious, but may be visually hard for many to stomach. I grew up eating this and I guess it could be culturally subjective, but one such dish on a typical dim sum menu is chicken feet. Yes, chicken feet.

If you love eating the skin off of chicken breasts, legs and wings, you are pretty much eating the same thing only in a different form (though it’s all skin, no white/dark meat). It may be optically unappealing, but ignore the fact you’re eating feet. I’ve seen way too many pass up on trying this tasty dish for all the wrong reasons, thinking it’s gross, it’s disgusting, it’s hideous. It’s quite the contrary. Plus it hits the taste buds in many different ways – it’s simultaneously sweet, salty and spicy. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen by trying something new? πŸ™‚

The secret to making these is to first deep fry the feet and then submerge them into an ice cold bath to make the skin extra puffy. It is then marinated and braised in a slightly spicy and peppery sauce with salty black bean. Although there are a lot of bones, it’s worth the effort. Have you ever had chicken feet before? Let me know what you think!

See more from the dim sum series: siu mailo mai guy | steamed buns | cheong fun | sesame seed balls

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