PINOY RECIPE – AUTHENTIC SPICY CHICKEN FEET ADIDAS STEW RECIPE
[CANTONESE STYLE]

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HISTORY OF CHICKEN FEET RECIPE

Chicken feet are a part of the chicken that is eaten in Chinese, Korean, Trinidadian, Jamaican, South African, Malaysian, Peruvian, Dominican, Mexican, Filipino, Middle Eastern and Vietnamese cuisines. Most of the edible tissue on the feet consists of skin and tendons, with no muscle. This gives the feet a distinct texture different from the rest of the chicken’s meat. Its many small bones make it difficult to eat for some; these are often picked before serving. Being mostly skin, chicken feet are very gelatinous.

VARIATIONS OF CHICKEN FEET

CHINESE STYLE

Chicken feet are used in several regional Chinese cuisines; they can be served as a beer snack, cold dish, soup or main dish. They are interchangeably called feng zhao (鳯爪, phoenix claws), ji zhao (鷄爪, chicken claws), and ji jiao (雞脚, chicken feet).

In Guangdong and Hong Kong, they are typically deep fried and steamed first to make them puffy before being stewed and simmered in a sauce flavoured with black fermented beans, bean paste, and sugar; or in abalone sauce.

In mainland China, popular snack bars specializing in marinated food such as yabozi (duck’s necks) also sell lu ji zhua(鹵雞爪, marinated chicken feet), which are simmered with soy sauce, Sichuanese peppercorn, clove, garlic, star anise, cinnamon and chili flakes. Today, packaged chicken feet are sold in most grocery stores and supermarkets in China as a snack, which are often seasoned with rice vinegar and chili. Another popular recipe is bai yun feng zhao (白雲鳯爪,)which is marinated in a sauce of rice vinegar, rice wine flavored with sugar, salt, and minced ginger for an extended period of time and served as a cold dish. In southern China, they also cook chicken feet with raw peanuts to make a thin soup.

PHILIPPINE STYLE

In the Philippines, chicken feet are marinated in a mixture of calamansi, 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).