Have you ever seen a black chicken?
How about tasting one?
Being away from the US for so long, sometimes I forget what is really unique to Asia and what is also sold in the US. But I am pretty sure the black chicken is unusual. And I am not talking about a black-feathered chicken, but one whose skin and bones are black. This is their natural color - they are not dyed. Some will say it is actually dark blue, not black.
My local wet-market sells them. In the photo below, my chicken guy (Ah Boon) is holding one up for you to see. He and his wife sell the best chicken in Singapore!
They are called silkie chickens and in Asia are prized for their medicinal and nutritional qualities. They are particularly good for women who have just given birth.
(photo borrowed from the internet)
They are very exotic - with feathers that can be black, white, or brown. Most chickens have four toes, silkies, have one extra toe on the front of each foot. They also say silkies make good pets as they are calm and friendly.
When our Chinese Singapore friend heard that Donald was sick (this was a month ago when we had to leave Cambodia early) she insisted on making him black chicken soup. Up until then, we had not tried it.
It is best when cooked in a special clay pot that is a double boiler.
Some of the ingredients include ginseng wolfberries, Chinese angelicae root “dang gui”, rhizoma “Chuan xiong” and licorice root. The herb mix is usually made by a Chinese medicine man.
It was.... let's say interesting. But like always, we love partaking in and understanding local culture.
What did you find this week?