Beggar's Chicken - A Luxury Dish
Does anyone here knows where this luxurious Beggar's Chicken Dish originated from? I went to China many times and read up the claims made by different provinces. One claimed that a thief in Hangzhou stole a chicken but he was too poor to cook it without pots & pans. So he thought of this brilliant idea to wrap the chicken in leaves and buried it into the earth filled with flames of burning wood. The taste was so delicious as the gravy & fragrant smell was intact when eaten the next day. Soon, the whole village picked up the recipe after smelling it.
Another claim was from the Changshu Village in Jiangsu Province which claimed a beggar caught a wild chicken and figured a way to cook it by burying it inside the mud clay before setting fire on it overnight. So the story goes on and on until it has reached many restaurants of the remote towns in Malaysia.
A close relative on my wife's side visited us from Singapore for his monthly visit to the Highland's Casino to collect his table dividends. This popular uncle and wife were treated to feast on the Beggar's Chicken dinner. I was always fortunate to be invited to tag along for free makan. Why should I refuse?
All 3 car loads of relatives sped all the way from Kuala Lumpur to Ijok, Selangor which took us more than 1 hour as the traffic was very jammed during the near Buka Puasa time. My wife was the compass to direct me there.
New Beggar's Delicious Restaurant must be cooking new dishes invented by a New Generation's Beggar.
I drove too fast and was too early as no one had arrived yet.
By 7:00pm all the customers had arrived in big flashy cars like Alphards, BMWs and even Bentley!
I had to sneak inside their kitchen to observe how the beggar had baked the marinated chickens.
He carried them all inside with a wheel barrow from another place. Look at the clumps of baked mud clay.
Arrgh! This Beggar Chef is from Bangladesh and not Jiangsu in China. He used a hammer to smash hard on all the clays.
He peeled the cracked clay pieces apart to bring out the wrapped chickens in foils.
Look at the yummy Beggar's Chicken in marinated dark sauce with its tender meat and tasty herbal gravy. Slurpss!
This is the original Beggar's Chicken in marinated Chinese herbs & wolfberry that oozed fragrant soup that could boost our health.
They also stored many jars of hidden treasures at the back room!
Those jars were pickled lime plums that are sold in small bottles too. A good remedy for your throats and general well being.
Many thanks to our nephew Alexander Lee who hosted the memorable dinner. A young entrepreneur in his 20s, he is already a father of 2 lovely kids and drives a BMW to his mobile phone outlets at LowYat Plaza.