and these definitely did the trick.
these are the best chicken feet i have ever tasted…
and YES….i have had quite a few in my day.
i usually cook them up for good chicken stock. they make THE BEST GOLDEN DELICIOUS BROTH. no one else in the family eats them, but i remember my Grandmother noshing on a foot or two in her day.
i must admit, however, that i have never seen chicken feet on a menu…i would have ordered them…hence, i have never had the privilege to eat them prepared in the proper dim sum manner. so this is not an authentic preparation in any way, but i think it definitely has the right flavor profile and they ARE finger lickin’ good. the glaze that this creates is absolutely delicious and could be used for many other things…maybe chicken wings, spare ribs, pork tender loin, pulled pork…anything really.
above and below are a couple of bold visual examples of what you will be dealing with….
and i’ll add that these were some of the prettiest chicken feet i had ever seen.
no kidding, that’s why i bought them. i found them at 99 Ranch Market…they were HUGE!, white and spotless, but beware…most chicken feet are not a pretty sight and are quite strange for a newcomer.
one of the MORE uncomfortable things you must do is cut the “talon” off. best done with a pair of kitchen shears and done as quickly as possible so as not to dwell on the fact too long. you can quickly lose your appetite for your new adventure at this stage of the game.
i say throw your inhibitions aside…put on your helmet, don your protective eye wear, set out the drop cloth and dive into some chicken feet dim sum. you’ll have a load of fun preparing them and you won’t stop talking about it for months. they surely make for colorful conversation…
AND you might just find out you like chicken feet…SHHHHH…
DIM SUM STYLE CHICKEN PAWS
adapted from Food.com by Chef #74195
1 1/2 – 2 pounds chicken feet
remove the feet from the pot. strain the broth and put back on medium heat until the liquid turns into a sauce…it will reduce and thicken into an absolutely delicious glaze sauce that you will want to use on other things as well. i was amazed how fabulous this was.
serve in a large bowl or serving platter and drizzle glaze over all the feet.
or…just toss the feet with the sauce/glaze.
sprinkle some red pepper flakes and cilantro or chopped scallions.
have an empty bowl next to each person for the tiny little bones.