22 February 2005

Chicken feet aren't used for walking only

"Tell me who your friends are, and I'll tell you who you are."

The person who quoted this is lost in the myriad of quotable quotes that I have come across since time immemorial, but this quote certainly holds true for chicken feet.

Whoa. What's the correlation, you may ask? Well, I do believe that friends influence your preferences (and life) in many ways. Til I was in high school, I kept a rather strict diet that does not include various animal anatomy that could not be officially called "meat". But I had college friends who were "cowboys", so to speak, in that they had every imaginable thing in their menu. Including chicken feet. And in one of our morning gatherings which dragged on til lunchtime, we did not have anything ready to eat because we mostly talk and laugh and talk and laugh some more.

So the host bought chicken feet which they cooked adobo-style (simmered in soy sauce with spices). Yummy. Everybody else was eating this rather sticky concoction, so what was a person to do but dig right in? I enjoyed it immensely.

And so visits to Chinese restaurants now include the chicken feet dimsum. The "meat" is tasty, and when you get every tender morsel, out pops the small bones on a side plate.

We had chicken feet along with other dishes at Luk Yuen in Glorietta. Their complimentary soup is nice too, as well as their P15.00 house tea. The service is quick and friendly too.

I also like the century egg (many of my colleagues don't like it, so I take charge in consuming those) and the translucent white, jellyfish thingy.

But I don't think I'll be trying out fresh snake blood any time soon.
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