In the Philippines, selling street foods has become a huge industry. It is one of the most viable means of livelihood among the common people as it does not require big capital investment. A few hundred pesos and a little knowledge of cooking are all that is required.
Street food reveals the inventive character of the Filipinos. The poor, after all, are forced to be resourceful. Thus we manage to cook, sell, and eat stuff normally junked as waste. For example, animal blood is usually thrown away after butchering, but we use it for the well-liked dinuguan or betamax (roasted coagulated pig or cow blood).
One of the more colorful names and certainly a favorite of Pinoys is Adidas.
Adidas is barbecued chicken feet in bamboo skewer. Chicken feet are pre-cooked adobo-style. The name originates from a popular branded athletic shoe “Adidas”.
2 cups Oil (Corn)
2 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 cup Sherry Wine
3 pcs Star Anise (whole)
2 tbsp Five Spice Powder
1 tbsp Ginger, fresh, chopped fine
2 tbsp Garlic, chopped fine
4 tbsp Honey (or Maltose Sugar)
1 tbsp Red pepper flakes
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Lemon Rind, grated
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- Pre-preparation of chicken feet: Wash chicken feet thoroughly over running water.
- Chop off toenails. Remove any trace of scaly yellow skin. Cut into thirds.
- In a pot, pour enough water and boil chicken feet for 5 minutes. Remove from fire and rinse well. Dry well with paper towel.
- In a wok with cover, over high heat, pour oil.
- Fry chicken feet until brown (cover to avoid splashing). Remove from fire.
- Place in the marinade for 1 hour (or preferably overnight, refrigerate).
- In a thick bottom pot, pour marinade and chicken feet.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour (reduce marinade liquid almost completely)
- Pour sesame oil before serving.
CHEF SOCRATES ZALDIVAR INONOG, AAC, CCEThe First Certified Culinary Educator by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Dean and Director Emeritus, Culinary Arts College and Development.International Students Departments, Johnson & Wales University Providence, R.I.