A Cantonese chicken feet soup boosted with peanuts, and red dates. Chicken feet are a very popular ingredient in China, it is the most expensive part of a whole chicken. The most popular way of eating chicken feet is soy sauce chicken feet, which is a lovely snack and side dish.
Why we love chicken feet
Have you ever seen a plate of chicken feet on the menu at your favorite Chinese restaurant? If so, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Chicken feet may not look like much, but they’re actually an incredibly delicious and nutritious food. chicken feet are loaded with protein and collagen. A large amount of collagen makes them extremely delicious when well-cooked.
But there are definitely haters of chicken feet, mainly because chicken feet have an odor taste and it is hard to separate the meat and bone. However, chicken feet contain rich collagen, which can help to thicken the soup. Consequently one of the best ingredients for stocks.
Tips for a good chicken feet soup:
- Blanch the chicken feet first to remove odd tastes and germs.
- Using a large piece of ginger to help remove the raw taste.
- Side ingredients peanuts, red dates, and even other herbals can add a natural sweetness and flavor to the stock.
Ingredients for the minimal version
Chicken feet - the main portion source.
Peanuts - add a lovely naughty sweet flavor.
Red dates- add a lovely sweet flavor and can darken the color.
Ginger -- ginger is widely used in Chinese soups to enhance the flavor.
What else can also be added to this soup
If you want to make this soup even better and more nutritious, the following are some of the extra ingredients you can add to this soup.
Dried Longan-Longan is a sweet and juicy fruit from Longan tree, which shares the same family as lychee. soapberry flowering plant family. Fresh longan usually is available in autumn but the dried fruits are packaged and sold throughout the year.
Goji berry -Wolfberries also goji berries are dried from the ripe fruit of Lycium barbarum L. Wolfberries can. The perennial plant, Lycium barbarum L is native to Asia, and has been cultivated along the fertile Yellow River in China for over 600 years. The fruit is harvested and then transformed into this dehydrated form.
Tangshen- Codonopsis root, the dried root of codonopsis Pilosula, grows widely in China. After being harvested in autumn, they are dried either with sunshine or a drying machine. The roos are quite long so usually they are cut into small segments. As an excellent Qi tonic herb, codonopsis roots are widely used as a substitute for ginseng root (人参) for economic reasons.
Chinese dried yam- Chinese wild yarm, the root of Dioscorea opposita Thunb, can be purchased both in dried or fresh ones. Dried Chinese yam is usually used in Cantonese herbal soups while fresh yam is usually used in stir-fries, salads, or soups.
You can simply add all the ingredients to this soup along with red dates.
In a large pot of water, add ginger, green onion, Sichuan peppercorn, and cooking wine. Cook the chicken feet for 2 minutes after the water boils and then transfer them out and wash them under warm water.
Place chicken feet, red dates, ginger, and peanuts, and add around 3L water in an instant pot. If you want to use a regular pot, add around 3.5L water.
For instant pot, press soup.
For regular soup pot, bring the water content to a boiling and then simmer for 40 minutes.
Season with salt to taste. The soup has a naturally faint sweet flavor. So there is no need to make it super salty.
If you want the soup to be thicker, reheat it with medium and high fire for another 15 minutes.
Chicken Feet Soup
- 10 chicken feet
- 1 cup peanuts
- 5-8 dried red dates
- 2 thumb ginger , divided
- 1 tbsp. Chinese cooking wine
- green onion
- salt to taste
- Wash the chicken feet carefully and cut off the nails.
- In a large pot of water, add ginger, green onion and cooking wine. Cook the chicken feet for 2 minutes after water boils and then transfer out and wash under warm water.
- Place chicken feet, red dates, ginger, and peanuts, and add around 3L water in an instant pot. If you want to use a regular pot, add around 3.5L water.For instant pot, press soup. For regular soup pot, bring the water content to a boiling and then simmer for 40 minutes.
- Season to salt based on personal reference.
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