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Chicken Feet Dimsum in a bamboo steamer with Thai chilis and star anise. garnished with spring onion.
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Chicken Feet Dimsum-style Recipe

Try this Chinese Dimsum featuring Chicken Feet! It is a deliciously spicy and savory appetizer but is also perfect on a bed of steaming white rice for a filling lunch or dinner.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Soaking Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: brown sugar, chicken feet, cornstarch, oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, vinegar
Servings: 3
Calories: 1199kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 500 grams chicken feet washed, nails trimmed and outer skin peeled
  • 4 cups water for boiling
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1-2 cups oil for frying start with 1 cup and add as needed
  • 2-3 cups iced or cold water for soaking


  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 pieces star anise
  • 1 long green chili sliced
  • 2 Thai chili pepper sliced


  • In a pot over medium heat, combine 4 cups of water, vinegar, and sugar. Bring it to a boil. Add the chicken feet and blanch for 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon or a mesh skimmer, remove them from the hot water and transfer them into a bowl of cold water to stop further cooking.
    4 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 500 grams chicken feet
  • Drain the water from the bowl, then add dark soy sauce and mix to coat. (This is to give them a nice color.) Pat dry the chicken feet with paper towels.
    2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • In a wok, heat the oil over medium heat. Fry the chicken feet in batches until golden and crispy, about 5-8 minutes.
    1-2 cups oil for frying
  • Plunge the freshly fried chicken feet directly into a bowl of cold water and let them soak for at least an hour or up to 4 hours. (This will make them soft and wrinkled.) Drain well and discard liquid.
    2-3 cups iced or cold water
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients for the sauce except for the star anise and the chilies. Add the chicken feet and toss to coat completely.
    2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon white ground pepper, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, 1 ½ tablespoons water, 3 tablespoons rice wine, 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Place the chicken feet with sauce in a deep plate or bowl. Add star anise and scatter the chilies on top. Place the bowl in a steamer and steam for 30-40 minutes or until tender and wrinkled.
    3 pieces star anise, 1 long green chili, 2 Thai chili pepper
  • Serve while hot and enjoy!



Calories: 1199kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 108g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g | Monounsaturated Fat: 61g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 1883mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 3mg