chicken feetQ: How can i prepare chicken feet the Chinese way or any other way.

A: Chicken feet or “runaways” and “walkie talkies” as they are more commonly know in South Africa are the part of the chicken that are eaten in Chinese, Jamaican, South African, Peruvian Cuisine and Philippine cuisine. They are mostly comprised of skin and tendons without much muscle which give them a different taste to the rest of the chicken. The bone content gives them great flavour.

The Wickedfood cooking school film team came upon this recipe for a Malaysian mushroom and chicken feet stew, while doing reserch for our South East Asia cooking classes.

12 black mushrooms
2t salt
1-2t vinegar
6 cups chicken stock
24 chicken feet
2 spring onions cut in 2cm lengths
2T sliced ginger

  1. Soak the mushrooms in warm water for ±15 minutes, drain and cut off stalks.
  2. Clean the chicken feet and boil until tender ±10 minutes, drain and mix together with chicken stock, vinegar, salt, spring onions and ginger.
  3. Place in a steamer and steam for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the mushrooms and steam for a further 20 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with plain rice.

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