Wu Gu Ji Just Like Ma Used to Make

July 13, 2008 at 12:31 am

On a recent episode of Iron Chef: America, Iron Chef Morimoto was engaging Chef Michael Cimarusti in Battle Black Fish when he whipped out a black pig (which Alton Brown described for us) and black chicken (which he did not).  So, black chicken (Wu Gu Ji in chinese) is a breed of chicken most commonly known as a Silky because of its fur-like plumage.  It is fairly common in Asia and differs from the chickens we are used to seeing in many ways, in addition to its plumage and black skin it also has black bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (instead of the standard four).  The meat of the Silkie is widely considered unpalatable by Western standards but is regarded as a delicacy in Asia, especially China where it is believe to have first evolved.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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