Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Foot in Mouth

Taking a trip to Millbrae for dim sum might seem excessive. But, when you’re on El Camino, scarfing down excellent chinese cuisine, the BART ride suddenly seems worth it all. Known for having strange things on the menu The Kitchen has drawn us in with their braised chicken feet. The portions here are hearty, but we are eating dim sum so we order some other things, like duck tongue and chinese style tripe, but we’ll save those for some other post. The chicken feet are braised in a claypot with some sort of dark soy sauce. The talons are pulled out but where the foot has been cut off you can still see the bone which makes them funny to look at. Beneath the chicken skin, complete with little bumps that look like goosebumps, there is a lot of cartilage and soft bones which make the feet a lot of work to eat. The best strategy? Hold the part where the leg used to be and pull a toe off first. Grossed out yet? Suck the skin and meat off the bones and spit out the bones and cartilage. Next eat the padded foot area. Though delicious, do not order these on a date. Saying "Eeny meeny miny moe, grab and suck a chicken toe" is not sexy. (650) 692-9688, 279 El Camino Real

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