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."

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Good day to you, my friendly blog reader!

You may have noticed a lack of blog posts over the past several days. Mostly this is because of my work, which has nothing to do with culture, architecture, or food, and much to do with geometry... but I digress.

In the last few days, I feel I have made up for all of that. Over the next several days, you will be able to see what I did with my vacation to San Francisco, CA.

What's that? How could I have made it to CA and back in 4 days without killing the horses? We in Oklahoma do have access to planes nowadays. Still don't believe me? OK, how about this:

'In Oklahoma, we don't have access to quality
Chinese merchandise such as this.'

All in all, it was a good trip: my sister used her time for Ph.D. research, and I'm stocked on (yes, a pun) tea for the next year or so.

Were you wondering, yes, the title is a reference to the infamous H2G2 'drink.'