Duck/chicken feet - how to eat?
- Zilla Mar 6, 2003 09:56 PM
I've always been tempted to grab a dish of duck's feet at our usual dim sum place, but haven't a clue about how to eat them. What part of the foot is edible? Do you nibble around the bones, or suck the meat off, or what?
Anything that's soft is edible. Start by biting off the toes between the joints. Chew off the skin and then spit it out (no way to do this gracefully) and continue with the remaining joints/toes. The best part is that little pad on the foot - equivalent, I think, to the heel of a human hand. it's the fleshiest part of the foot but it isn't meat, it's skin and cartilage (I think). anyway, the feet are delish. I prefer chicken feet to duck feet (ducks have webs between the toes). duck feet are bonier.
re: Macy U.
I'd add an addendum that once one has eaten the edible parts off the foot, another skill is spewing the mouthful of tiny bones onto the table (or plate). I am often in awe watching old Chinese gentlemen do this at the table, much the same way I'm amazed at vignerons who can hit a spittoon from 10' away. (vbg)
Awwww poor chickens! lol j/k... kinda.
IF you want good Chicken feet soup. Go to certain Jamaican or Vietnamese restaurants.