Friday, August 14, 2009

Duk Hing, a pilgrimage into Chinatown

Within San Francisco's Chinatown, there is one deli everyone should try -visitors and locals alike.
Have you ever eaten chicken feet? I have not yet found another restaurant nor recipe that produces the chicken feet sold at Duk Hing. Also known as 德興雞鴨肉食公司, Duk Hing Chinese Deli & Meat Inc. is located at 1151 Stockton Street.


If you are in doubt, look through the front window upon arrival. Duk Hing's chicken feet are right up front. Go inside, stand at the counter and explain how much you want (by box size or in dollars).

Wonderful view of non-goopy chicken feet!

I ordered one of the large to-go boxes. I thought I would have all evening to munch away... it turns out I didn't, due to a prior engagement (roller-derby), so on to the munching!

One box of scrumptions feet...

You might be asking yourself what is it exactly that one eats off a chicken's foot? Answer: everything but the bones. There is a surprising amount of stuff there: skin, tendons, etc. No, no, don't go "ewww;" folks never flintch away from eating fried pork rinds (especially the flavoured ones!).

Front to back: Before, During, & After.

They smell wonderful, they taste wonderful, and if anyone out there knows Duk Hing's recipe, would you please send it my way?

If you care to see the "standard" chicken feet recipe available in the US, try searching for "golden pheonix claws." If you find yourself looking at gooey, sauce drenched, battered & deep-fried pile of what once might have been chicken feet, you have done your search correctly.
...Now you can say "ewww."

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