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When Australia’s carbon offset industry collapses, I suggest we move into the lucrative chicken feet export market.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/19/2008 at 05:13 AM
  1. We’ll need somewhere to dump the chicken heads, wings, bodies and legs, though.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 01 19 at 05:31 AM • permalink

  2. Hmmm. There’s something about the title of that post that seems . . . familiar, somehow.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 19 at 05:31 AM • permalink

  3. Mock as ye may. Chicken feet are ‘Ho Sek’ (very tasty) especially when cooked in a chili sauce.

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 19 at 05:39 AM • permalink

  4. Too right; “mock as ye may”!  I luurve chicken feet.  Think of them as a daintier version of pig’s trotters, though much tastier - especially when done with a slightly sweetened chili and black bean sauce.  Or garlic, soya sauce, star anise and orange juice.  Should fry them first but I’m lazy.

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 19 at 06:06 AM • permalink

  5. Should fry them first but I’m lazy.

    You do actually eat them with the chicken actually dead, right?

    Posted by John A on 2008 01 19 at 06:19 AM • permalink

  6. What they said. Australia has been exporting chicken feet to Hong Kong for decades; I can’t believe the Turks are so slow.

    Posted by Hanyu on 2008 01 19 at 06:20 AM • permalink

  7. If we miss the boat on chicken feet, how about this ?

    Posted by curious george on 2008 01 19 at 06:22 AM • permalink

  8. #5, John A, well I presume the chooks are dead.  Otherwise it would be cruel to chop their feet off.

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 19 at 06:24 AM • permalink

  9. curious george, my mother (another bowel cancer survivor) has eaten duck feet at yum cha.  She likes chicken feet better.

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 19 at 06:28 AM • permalink

  10. Too right janice, when cooked that way they are one of the best parts of the chicken to eat (believe it or not).

    Not keen on the feet just boiled or ‘goose web’though.

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 19 at 06:29 AM • permalink

  11. Yes.

    But do they taste like chicken?

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 06:32 AM • permalink

  12. Tim’s talking about food.

    I guess he’s on a low-residue diet at the moment.

    It’s amazing how many adverts there are on television, on billboards, on radio, everywhere in fact, when you are on a restricted diet.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 06:34 AM • permalink

  13. #11, its hard to explain, but very much so. A bit like eating ‘the parsons nose’ in some ways.

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 19 at 06:36 AM • permalink

  14. The local Asian markets sell chicken feet.

    Posted by rightwingprof on 2008 01 19 at 06:37 AM • permalink

  15. #12

    When I had bowel surgery I was on ‘nil by mouth’ for half a week. And that means what it sounds like.

    Getting old is so much fun!

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 01 19 at 06:37 AM • permalink

  16. Mmmm ... chicken’s feet.  How many non Asians will fess up to eating chook’s foots?  I have, when in Asia.  Yet to convince my Aussie yum cha colleagues to do the same.  That’s a Hmmm ... My philosophy is when in Rome, do as Caligula does ...

    Posted by Stevo on 2008 01 19 at 06:38 AM • permalink

  17. #12
    Nic, you can have the last bit over the fence.
    And the feet.
    Thanks anyway.

    #15
    And how long was it before you could eat post op? For my Aunt it was weeks. Don’t tell Tim. It’s best he doesn’t know right now. It’ll be out little secret, OK?

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 06:40 AM • permalink

  18. #15
    And we’re not old. Just middle aged.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 06:41 AM • permalink

  19. #2 Paco: Good one!
    No doubt Tim is waiting to see how many of us notice it.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2008 01 19 at 06:45 AM • permalink

  20. My guess is they topped up Tim’s pain relief again. I can see this blog taking some interesting diversions soon…

    Chicken leg joke…nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 01 19 at 07:02 AM • permalink

  21. #16 Stevo, couldn’t convince my colleagues to have feet last week, so we had tripe instead.

    I’d rather have chicken feet than tripe.  I used to have yum cha with some colleagues of Chinese origin and they used to order what they called a “bowl of guts” with chilli on the side.  It was most of the innards of…. I’m not sure what.  probably a cow.  I recognised bits of heart and lung and gut, but the rest was “mystery meat”.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 01 19 at 07:21 AM • permalink

  22. I’m too gutless to have a colonoscopy.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 01 19 at 07:22 AM • permalink

  23. When times are tough you have to claw your way up. It’s a feat of alms.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2008 01 19 at 07:28 AM • permalink

  24. #18

    I’m not middle aged. I’m youth challenged.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 01 19 at 07:39 AM • permalink

  25. In connection with Mr. Creosote’s point above, chicken’s feet is the LEAST of your culinary worries in HK.

    My local congee (rice porridge) shop advestises congee with pig colon. Mmmm mmm

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 19 at 07:39 AM • permalink

  26. Kae. If you would like to try chicken feet then go to Chinatown in the Valley. Any yum cha trolley lunch has them. Delicious.

    Janice. I’ve never seen duck’s feet at yum cha. Where do you do that?

    Posted by mehaul on 2008 01 19 at 08:33 AM • permalink

  27. #26
    I’m afraid, like wings, I couldn’t be bothered with chicken feet. Not enough meat.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 08:39 AM • permalink

  28. Bloody chooks feet, it’s a very taken thing-

    Posted by Habib on 2008 01 19 at 08:44 AM • permalink

  29. Chook is very minimal. fish head is yum.

    Posted by Habib on 2008 01 19 at 08:46 AM • permalink

  30. #29
    And leave the eye in so it’ll se you throught the week.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 09:03 AM • permalink

  31. see, SEE that’s SEE

    jeeez.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 09:04 AM • permalink

  32. #15

    #12

    When I had bowel surgery I was on ‘nil by mouth’ for half a week. And that means what it sounds like.

    Getting old is so much fun!


    It beats the hell out of the alternative, too.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2008 01 19 at 09:21 AM • permalink

  33. #26, mehaul, I believe it was at the Marigold yum cha place at Bankstown.

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 19 at 09:50 AM • permalink

  34. so china’s chicken fooprint must be, like, huge

    Posted by KK on 2008 01 19 at 11:35 AM • permalink

  35. I wonder if there’s a market for the beaks.  Waste not, want not, etc.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 19 at 11:37 AM • permalink

  36. So, what keeps the chickens from falling over?

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 19 at 11:50 AM • permalink

  37. I luurve chicken feet.  Think of them as a daintier version of pig’s trotters…

    See, that’s the problem.  I do.

    I guess Tim’s a distant relation to CMOT Dibbler….

    So, what keeps the chickens from falling over?

    Only your age, Paco…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 19 at 11:53 AM • permalink

  38. I’m not middle aged. I’m youth challenged.

    I’m wet and I’m cold, but thank God I ain’t—oh, hell, I’m wet and I’m cold…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 19 at 11:54 AM • permalink

  39. This particular Yank has never heard of eating chicken feet before.  HOW are they prepared?  Are they skinned or do you eat them with the bones in?  Do they look like little feet?

    Posted by rabidfox on 2008 01 19 at 12:56 PM • permalink

  40. The Turks have a ‘livestock fishery’?

    What will they think of next?

    Posted by Harry Eagar on 2008 01 19 at 01:16 PM • permalink

  41. I’m sorry, but when I was a kid, my grandmother raised a few chickens, and I helped a neighbor “gather” a couple thousand chickens from his large chicken confinement operation, for shipment.

    I’ve seen firsthand the bathroom habits of chickens, and they aren’t pretty. Because of that, I don’t think they could wash a chicken’s feet enough times before preparing, to quiet my gag reflex as one neared my mouth!

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 01 19 at 02:02 PM • permalink

  42. #41: Reminds me of a joke.

    Farmer Brown’s young son sits down for dinner, and his ma presents him with something new.

    Brown, Jr.: “What’s this?”

    Ma Brown: “Beef tongue.”

    Brown, Jr. (incensed): “Beef tongue? I ain’t eatin’ nothin that came out of a cow’s mouth!”

    Farmer Brown: “Give him an egg, Ma.”

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 19 at 02:06 PM • permalink

  43. And, why is Turkey raising chickens?

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 01 19 at 02:07 PM • permalink

  44. So, what keeps the chickens from falling over?


    I have the same problem with frog legs. You know, the thought of all those poor little frogs on their tiny crutches.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2008 01 19 at 02:21 PM • permalink

  45. Pity İZMİR (Turkish Daily News) doesn’t show the byline for that report.

    Pullet surprise winning material, there.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2008 01 19 at 02:51 PM • permalink

  46. On a lighter note, I Googled on the search string “chicken feet” recipes and got a page with the heading

    Results 1 - 10 of about 23,200 for “chicken feet” recipes. (0.18 seconds).


    Everything from hors doeuvers to soups, stews and stir-fry. The Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce looks yummy.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2008 01 19 at 02:54 PM • permalink

  47. I just like to suck on the feet of the live chicken. Between courses, to cleanse the palate.

    Posted by Latino on 2008 01 19 at 03:58 PM • permalink

  48. #36
    Learning them to fly.

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 01 19 at 05:46 PM • permalink

  49. A Chinese coworker once assured me that chicken feet are delicious.  Much as I like dim sum, however, I have never had the courage to try them.  I’ll stick to whitey food, thankyouverymuch.

    The explanation for all the weird things in Chinese cooking is this.  Chinese cuisine is intended to make into delicious, palatable, gourmet dishes what anyone in his right mind would eat only to avoid death by starvation in the worst famine in history.

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 01 19 at 05:56 PM • permalink

  50. My disgusting titbit of the week.

    If you chop a chooks head off riiiight up so you nearly get the head and strip out the windpipe you can make your own novelty “chook clucker” whistle. Allways a highlight on slaughter day.
    I used to raise batches of about 200 meat birds at a time when I was a teenager so even to this day I have an aversion to the smell of wet chooks.
    Did set myself on fire once lighting our chooks “warm drum” once as well, not a good idea to combine kero and flannel PJs.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 19 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  51. Michael Lonie
    My dad went to Vietnam, when he commented to an in law about how everything was used he got told quite proudly they used everything “Except the hair and the shit” from the animal.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 19 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  52. #50
    Many people who have been involved with chooks, especially their slaughter and preparation, will not eat chicken.

    Both my grandmothers would not eat chicken.
    We told them it was pork.

    Tee hee.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 19 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  53. #51, My dad went to Vietnam, when he commented to an in law about how everything was used he got told quite proudly they used everything “Except the hair and the shit” from the animal.

    Don’t be too sure of that, Mr. Mole.  The Vietnamese wife of a GI once told me that the best way to soften callouses on the feet was to soak them in elephant dung.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 19 at 06:40 PM • permalink

  54. As the proud possessor of two left thumbs, I am not the best with chop sticks. I’m sure that when I go to China they only order chicken feet so that they can watch my convoluted efforts at eating them. The trick is to suck the flesh off the bones and use the chopsticks to remove the bones from the side of the mouth. This is done while covering your mouth with the other hand. Basically a skiting exercise to show how good they are with chopsticks, I reckon.

    Posted by burrah on 2008 01 19 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  55. Ohh, and Inghams , the previous employer of the Aussie Taliban, Mahommed Dawood, have the Asian marked sewn up

    Posted by burrah on 2008 01 19 at 06:46 PM • permalink

  56. #19 Skeeter Notice what?-)

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 19 at 06:59 PM • permalink

  57. I did try them (or they may have been duck’s feet) at dim sum, Michael, but they’re just cartilage and it wasn’t like they were in some great-tasting sauce, just chew, chew, chew. So I wouldn’t advise being adventurous about them out of curiosity.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 01 19 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  58. *Because of that, I don’t think they could wash a chicken’s feet enough times before preparing, to quiet my gag reflex as one neared my mouth!*

    I said the same thing to my Indonesian wife, she looked at me pityingly and assured me that the skin of the feet is peeled off before cooking, the nails (Talons? Claws? What do chickens have at the end of their toes?) are also chopped off.

    It made me slightly less squeamish but I still haven’t tried them.

    Posted by Harry Flashman on 2008 01 19 at 10:30 PM • permalink

  59. #55

    From your link:

    “Chicken Feet are used in Chilled Dog rolls.”

    Do I really want to know?

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2008 01 20 at 12:41 AM • permalink

  60. #47 therefore my image of your palate Latino is that it’s like a dag on an old sheep’s arse. And no amount of sucking live chicken feet will fix that. An H2SO4/HCL mouth wash maybe!!

    Posted by mehaul on 2008 01 20 at 12:54 AM • permalink

  61. Try eating them - marinated in chilli with sweet and sour sauce -at one of the better Yumcha restaurants, ie. Taipan at King Street, Blackburn. They rock!

    Posted by Wylie Wilde on 2008 01 22 at 09:53 AM • permalink

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