Locals dry tons and tons of peppers on the desert floor.

The other day I tried chicken feet at one of the local restaurants.  They were pretty gross.  Rubbery with a bone in the middle. I didn’t want to try them again but yesterday on set they served us what the locals call – unfortunate wild chicken.  Basically they take the whole bird, chop it up, put it with about 10 pounds of hot peppers, ginger, star of anise and boil the whole concoction for about 3-6 hours.  The result is a very, very spicy kind of stew full of bones, feet and all.  I think it might have been one of the worst lunches ever.  Local and fresh are the buzz words in the US these days but I think I’ll pass if they serve this again.  Thank goodness for powerbars and cup-o-noodle soup!

Here’s a video from the pot.


One of our cooks!

tom lowe photo, llc

tacoma, wa 98406


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