Slow-cooked Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce

picturaraFrom the food stalls of  Hong Kong’s Night Market to the Dim Sum restaurants in Chinatowns worldwide, you will not find any shortage of chicken feet on the menu.  While chicken feet are sometimes processed into animal feed in the U.S., these crunchy finger foods are considered a dining delicacy in China and other countries in Asia. While many people cringe at the mere mention of chicken feet as food item, the demand for it can be surprising. Recently, a man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, admitted to swindling charges, thanks to his use of the Internet, an imaginary company and nonexistent supplies of chicken feet to rip off 13 wholesalers of about $166,000.

Chicken feet would certainly rank among the top “bizarre” foods that the mainstream population in the U.S. would see eaten only in TV shows like “Survivor.”  But the list of weird foods can reveal dozens, perhaps hundreds of sight-defying delicacies — delicacies that, nonetheless, are considered “gourmet” to those who are bold enough to acquire the taste for them.

In the Philippines, chicken feet are marinated in a mixture of calamansi (small limes), spices and brown sugar before being grilled. A popular staple in Philippine street food, chicken feet are commonly known as “adidas” (named after the athletic shoe brand Adidas).

INGREDIENTS

1.5 lbs chicken feet

1 tbsp black bean sauce

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 thumb fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin strips

4 cups water

1/4 cup green onions, sliced

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp corn starch

DIRECTIONS

Using a sharp knife or a pair of scissors, cut off the nails from the chicken feet. Thoroughly wash the chicken feet with warm water and place in a slow cooker pot.  Dissolve the corn starch in 1/2 cup cold water and pour into cooker.  Add in all other ingredients and mix well.  Turn on slow cooker to “low,” and cook for 8-10 hours. When ready to serve, place chicken feet in a bowl and if desired, add more freshly-sliced green onions.

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