Well, like westerners enjoying popcorns or chips, when I was young my mom and I used to devour chicken feet in front of the TV. It’s part of my childhood memories. I had a sudden craving for animal-part delicacies around Chinese new year, something I have not eaten for a long time and not available at local supermarkets. I searched and searched until I found a small bag of chicken feet at a Chinese store. The familiar taste is an emotional connection to the past and cures homesickness.
In terms of animal symbolism, chicken symbolises the phoenix in Chinese culture. Chicken feet are a type of delicacy and are referred to as "phoenix feet" in Chinese restaurants.