Friday, October 25, 2013

Foodie Fridays - Steamed Chicken Drumstick

Personally, when I think of steamed chicken drumsticks it automatically leads me to think of the delectable Hainanese white chicken rice.  This is a dish that I am particular about where the texture of the chicken must be soft and tender, the chilli must be spicy but not burning the tongue.  My current favourite chicken rice stall is The Chicken Rice Ex-press along Kiliney Road, I have been eating them frequently for the pass 7 years, still tasty as before.  I have also tried the famous Sergeant Hainanese Chicken rice at 313@Somerset Food Republic and did not quite like it.  The other famous Boon Tong Kee chicken rice has disappointed me a few years ago and I have since strike them off my list.

Anyway, I bought this cook book which has this steamed chicken drumstick recipe and it was not on the top of my "To-Cook" list.  Recently while trying to prepare some healthy quick & easy dish I chance upon it again, I decided to give it a go and surprisingly it tasted real good!  Its has more flavour then the Hainanese chicken, the drumsticks are surprisingly tender despite being steamed for about half an hour. I fell in love with this dish the first time I cooked it, we had it alone with steaming white rice, every one had a satisfying dinner that night.  So yes this dish; our version of chicken rice, will make its frequent appearance on our dining table.

One thing to take note though, Chineses angelica root or 当归 is a "heaty" herb so go easy on it otherwise the next day you may feel a sore throat coming your way.

* 4 pcs drumsticks
* 5 pcs Chineses angelica root 当归
* some wolfberries
* 5 pcs young ginger
* 2 stalks spring onion

* Some salty chicken powder, enough to cover the drumsticks

* 1½ tablespoon cooking wine or hua diao wine

1. Rinse drumsticks, drain.  Cut spring onion into sections.
2. Mix with chicken powder and marinate for about half an hour
3. Put Chinese angelica root, young ginger and spring onion on the steam tray, put the drumsticks on top.
4. Sprinkle with wolfberries, pour in seasoning and 2 tablespoon water.
5. Steam the drumsticks for 25 - 30 minutes.  Serve hot.

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  1. My Aunt who worked in Taiwan once came home and gave us some of those red berries... it tasted good, actually! Now I don't know where can I buy something like that here.

    1. Jenn, these are called wolfberries. You can try your local Chinese Medical Hall or supermarket under dried goods section. They are supposedly good for improving eyesight =)

  2. I'm so hungry looking at your photo of the chicken now... What's salty chicken powder, by the way?

    1. Adeline, its the chicken stock in powder form :P

  3. My son is allergic to chicken powder or msg.any substitute you can suggest? Thanks.

    1. You can either try to rub a little bit of salt on the chicken or leave it out entirely.