Spicy Dim Sum Chicken Feet

In the realm of adventurous eating, chicken feet often stand out as a fascinating delicacy that intrigues both seasoned food enthusiasts and curious newcomers. While it may seem unconventional to some, chicken feet have a rich culinary history in many cultures, offering a unique blend of flavors and textures that captivate the senses. Join us as we embark on a flavorful journey, unraveling the mysteries and delights of this underrated dish.

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  • 1 pound (450g) chicken feet
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (for thickening)
  • Chili flakes
  • Chopped green onions (for garnish)


Step 1: Cleaning and Preparing the Chicken Feet

  1. Rinse the chicken feet thoroughly under cold water.
  2. Trim the nails at the end of each foot using kitchen shears.
  3. Place the chicken feet in a pot of boiling water for about 2-3 minutes. This blanching process helps remove impurities and makes them easier to handle. Drain the chicken feet and set them aside.

Step 2: Steaming the Chicken Feet

  1. Prepare a steamer by filling a pot with water and bringing it to a boil.
  2. Place the chicken feet on a heatproof plate or a steamer basket.
  3. Carefully place the plate or steamer basket in the steamer, ensuring that it is elevated above the water level.
  4. Cover the steamer and steam the chicken feet for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until they become tender and the skin softens.

Step 3: Creating the Flavorful Sauce

  1. In a separate pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, chili sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. Cook for a few minutes until the flavors meld together.
  4. If you prefer a thicker sauce, mix cornstarch with a small amount of water to make a slurry, then add it to the sauce mixture. Stir continuously until the sauce thickens slightly.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

  1. Once the chicken feet are steamed and tender, remove them from the steamer and transfer them to a large bowl.
  2. Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken feet, ensuring they are well coated. Gently toss to distribute the sauce evenly.
  3. Let the chicken feet marinate in the sauce for a few minutes to enhance the flavors.

Step 5: Serving

  1. Arrange the chicken feet on a serving platter, garnish with chili flakes and chopped green onions for added freshness.
  2. Serve the chicken feet dim sum while still warm, ideally as part of a dim sum spread or as an appetizer.

From its cultural significance to the art of preparation, flavors, textures, and global variations, we have discovered that chicken feet offer a unique and exciting gastronomic adventure. So, why not embrace your culinary curiosity and indulge in this extraordinary delicacy? Step out of your comfort zone, savor the flavors, and let chicken feet take you on a journey to new heights of gastronomic pleasure.