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