5 Authentic Chinese Dishes, Plus Where to Find Them In Houston
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|Sticky and savory -- you'll want to suck these bones dry.|
Popular in China as bar snacks or for dim sum, chicken feet are also eaten all over the world, from Indonesia and Korea to South Africa, Jamaica and Peru. Made mostly of skin and tendons, the sticky, gelatinous feet are great for sucking dry. In Hong Kong, they are often steamed, then deep-fried and stewed in a sweet fermented bean sauce. In mainland China, they are typically simmered in a sauce of soy, peppercorn and spices like clove, star anise, cinnamon and chile, or served cold after marinating in a sweet, ginger-punched rice wine vinegar.
5. Hot Pot
Hot pot, also known as steamboat, refers to an East Asian stew whose ingredients are cooked at the center of the table in a simmering metal pot of stock. Believed to have originated in Mongolia, where the main ingredient was beef, mutton or horse, the tradition of eating hot pot in China goes back more than 1,000 years, when it was spread from Mongolia to southern China during the Tang Dynasty. Today the cold-weather dish utilizes a variety of ingredients, including sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings and seafood.