If you’ve read my blog before you’ll remember me saying more than once that the Pastoral Team likes to feed me things that they don’t normally serve while Kathy is here. Well, today for lunch we had chicken feet soup. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little bit. I saw one chicken foot in the soup. I’m guessing there was a second one but I didn’t going poking around in the soup looking for it. They’ve cooked soup with all the organs many times but I’ve never seen feet; I often look at the soup in the pot while it’s being cooked because it smells so good. Now, could there have been chicken feet cooked in the soup I’ve eaten before and I just didn’t notice? Sure.
I felt really culturally insensitive and kind of silly, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat the soup. I’m not sure why because I’ve eaten chicken feet before when I had dim sum at a Chinese restaurant with my parents and in-laws. We all tried the chicken feet, but only my father-in-law and husband actually ate several feet. There wasn’t a whole lot of meat and they were kind of fatty/mushy. Maybe I would have liked it more if it was crispier.
After making the decision not to eat the soup I decided to Google ‘chicken feet soup’ to see what I could find. One website said: “The ‘Eww’ factor of chicken feet I think comes from the fact that chicken feet look a lot like our hands.” That wasn’t it for me at all. To be perfectly honest, it was all the things that were on the chicken feet before they became soup. Now that I have owned a chicken and have seen what his feet look like the thought of that in my soup made me a little uncomfortable. Also bear in mind that this is El Salvador, where the safety and sanitation standards are different than in the US. If you’ve been here and have gone to the meat market you know what I’m talking about.
All in all, I’m not saying it’s wrong that people eat chicken feet in soup or that people shouldn’t be eating it, I’m only saying that I prefer not to eat it. I wish I could get over my apprehensions about eating chicken feet soup, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Too bad, because from what I’ve read, chicken feet in soup are actually healthy and make a delicious broth. Some websites have talked about how wonderfully gelatinous the soup is that results from chicken feet. I’m not sure I would ever use the words “wonderfully” and “gelatinous” in the same sentence. Now, I’m not sure how I feel about jell-o.
The mysterious chicken foot