What? Chicken Feet?
In this day and age, do people really eat Chicken Feet?
What’s the big idea?
Chicken feet contain all bones and nails, and yet, in many countries of the world like Mexico, China, Vietnam, Cabodia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, South Africa, The Middle East, Peru and Dominica are some examples.
However, to Canadians, the feet of the Chicken are considered a strange phenomenon.
Ten or more years ago, Chicken Feet were never seen or listed on a store flyer because the food industry was monopolized by a few.
Since the Orientals Supermarkets have taken over the lead, Chicken Feet are part of norm for them since many countries consider them a delicacy.
So now you may decide to pick up a pound or two of Chicken Feet and you take them home.
Do you know what to do with them?
Do you make a hole on the end and turn them into key rings?
Or, do you plan to hang them up somewhere for decoration to show to your friends that you know what Chicken Feet are and then discuss and criticize the cultures that eat them?
Based on the nature of my business and over 40 years experience, in addition to creating thousands of Recipes and by reading or listening to other cultures, I have come to the conclusion that the Chicken Feet are part of the chicken eaten by many cultures around the world.
Stewed, steamed, fried, baked or in soups, the Chicken Foot is meat.
However, the many small bones make it difficult for some individuals.
Note: The Nails or claws attached to the feet have to be cut off and discarded.
They are not, I repeat, NOT EATEN.
Additionally, there is a yellowish film on the feet which must be peeled off and also discarded. Dipping the feet into hot boiling water facilitates easy removal of the film.
I have included a recipe for Chicken Foot Soup is one of the many specialty dishes.
Chicken Foot Soup
2 lb Chicken Feet
3 - 4 potatoes
¼ lb Pumpkin
1 Cho Cho
2 Green Chives/Scallion
2 cloves Garlic
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Black Pepper
1 sprig of Thyme
1 tbsp. Mr. Goudas Trinidad Style Hot Sauce
Or 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper (whole)
1 pkg. Maggi Chicken or Cock Soup Mix
8 cups water
Wash Chicken Feet and remove nails/claws as suggested above.
Pour 8 cups of water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
Add chopped Onions, Garlic, Green Onions/Scallion and Chicken Feet.
Boil for approximately one (1) hour.
Cut up vegetables – Pumpkin, Potatoes, ChoCho into one (1) inch pieces, Carrots into thin slices.
Add vegetable to pot.
Stir to mix ingredients.
Cover and reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Add package of Soup Mix.
Should you use the Scotch Bonnet Pepper be sure that it is washed and placed into the soup WHOLE.
A broken Scotch Bonnet Pepper infuses any dish with excess heat = hotness, to the point that the dish may become unsuitable to some.)
You may avoid this danger by eliminating the whole Scotch Bonet Pepper altogether and use a teaspoon of Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce.
Gently stir. Add Thyme, Salt and Black Pepper.
Does this seem difficult to make?
Is this recipe new to you?
Well, you are mistaken because this recipe has been a delicacy to many around the world for centuries.
Please try to learn not to criticize the eating habits of different nationalities.
In addition, unless you try either making or consuming the final outcome, please refrain from commenting.
I bet that the moment you try a spoonful of this Soup you will be singing its glory to your friends.
Additionally, should you adapt this recipe to your regular routine, the price of Chicken Feet would increase significantly.
Enjoy a bowl of Chicken Foot Soup.
It is quite nourishing and good for whole body.
Chicken Feet with Black Beans
2 lb Chicken Feet
1 can Black Beans
1 large Onion
2 Green Onions
2 slices Ginger
2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 tbsp. Trinidad Style Hot Sauce
½ Cup of Vegetable Oil
2 cups of water
Wash and prepare Chicken Feet as per above instructions.
In large skillet heat Vegetable Oil.
Carefully add Chicken Feet and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown in colour.
Remove Chicken Feet and set side in a separate container.
Chop Onions, Green Onions, Garlic and slice Ginger into a couple thin slices.
Sautee vegetables in a small amount of Vegetable Oil.
Add Black Beans and Soy Sauce.
Heat and simmer for a couple minutes.
Add Chicken Feet. Stir occasionally to blend in ingredients.
Add water, stir and simmer until the Chicken Feet become tender (approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour).
Serve on a bed of rice
And with a Romaine Lettuce Salad. Delicious!
Now that you have begun to acquire a taste for Chicken Feet and you are a professional and a graduate of the Goudas University in the Art of Cooking.
You pat yourself on the back, and be proud of your accomplishments in this life.
Before I close this subject I want to add the following:
I always wondered in my mind why only Chicken Feet and not Turkey Feet are marketed?
I guess that now that I have incorporated this sentence into this recipe, as of 5:20 p.m., Sunday, November 11, 2012, some business in food industry will begin to market Turkey Feet.
I guess if this should happen in the future, the method of cooking should be the same.
So therefore, I should not have to write another recipe for Turkey Feet.
While we on the subject of feet, I would like to let you know that in 2006/2007 I wrote a wonderful article about the Canadian Treasure, The Canada Geese.
I am very proud about this book.
It just happened to write this article during a period of trauma in my life.
I was incapacitated with severe back pains, floaters in my eyes, difficulty walking.
The Canada Geese were like friends helping me out through this ordeal.
In one paragraph of Canada Geese book, I mentioned that one of the Geese told me his name was Limping John.
I guess now it has come to my mind that maybe, maybe, maybe, someone had a sweet tooth taste for Canada Geese Feet in soup format.
As a consequence, I promised my Canada Geese that I will never write a Recipe about them in any of my Recipe Books.
Spyros Peter Goudas
Σπύρος Πήτερ Γούδας