To some, the mere thought of eating chicken feet may be gross. This may be true for three main reasons: 1) you’re not Asian; 2) You don’t know anybody who’s Asian; and 3) You’ve never tried it before. This dish is a delicacy, and it is a little expensive especially in Asian restaurants.
I live in the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines. Here in Cagayan de Oro (also in Davao City), there’s a well known restaurant called Mandarin Oriental Restaurant. It’s one of the most sought after restaurant because of their authentic Chinese dishes, especially Chicken Feet. Since eating out is no longer practical considering the current financial dilemma almost everybody is experiencing, we experimented on cooking the recipe ourselves and enjoy the same authentic Chinese delicacy in the comfort of our dining room.
It took a while for us to get the dish perfect, but when we did, the hard work was worth it.
Delicious and distinctively Chinese, this dish is worth a try for those who are willing to try something new and inexpensive.
But for those who can afford to dine out whenever they want, Mandarin Oriental Restaurant is a great place to dine. They have branches in Robinson’s and along Velez Street (near VIP Hotel).
Here’s our recipe. Hope you’ll try it!
CHICKEN FEET IN TAUSI SAUCE
- I kilo Chicken feet
- Yellow Food color
- Cooking oil
- 6 cloves Garlic, minced
- Ginger, cut into thin strips
- 3 tablespoons Tausi (Black Beans)
- 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce
- Siling labuyo
- 2 cups water
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame oil
- 1 foil pack Clara Ole Barbecue Marinade
- 3 tablespoons Oyster Sauce (optional)
- Clean thoroughly the chicken feet. Wash and drip dry.
- Rub the chicken feet with the yellow food coloring. Use only a small amout. We’re only after the color. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a wok; deep fry the chicken feet until crispy. Drain.
- Remove excess oil from the wok.
- Sauté the garlic, ginger, tausi, soy sauce, and siling labuyo.
- Add the water and bring to a boil.
- Add the fried chicken feet and the sesame oil. Cover and simmer until the chicken is tender.
- Add the Barbecue and oyster sauce, simmer some more until the sauce has thickened.
- Serve on top of cooked rice.
* When deep frying the chicken feet, it’ll be like frying daing na bangus and crispy pata … there will be cooking oil splattering all over (if one is not careful). So be careful not to burn yourself with the hot cooking oil.
How we did it? we covered the deep fryer while cooking.