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(Li’s Kitchen) Episode 6: Beggar's chicken

Updated:2017-09-19 17:31:54   english.yunnan.cn

Beggar's chicken is a Chinese dish of chicken that is stuffed, wrapped in clay, and slowly baked at low heat. It can take six hours to prepare a single serving.

For the origin of the dish, there is a folk story: A beggar got a chicken somehow, but he had no pot or utensils, so he improvised a cooking method. 

He wrapped the bird in lotus/banana leaves and packed clay or mud around it, set it in a hole where he had lit a fire, and buried it to cook it. When he dug up the chicken and cracked open the clay, he found the meat to be tender and aromatic.

English source: online; Editor: Eric Wang

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