Beggar’s Chicken – New Heong Kee Restaurant

New Heong Kee Restaurant is famous for one thing – their signature beggar’s chicken. We ate there for the first time last night and it will not be our last.

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Beggar’s Chicken has to be one of the most laborious ways to cook chicken but it is also one of the best. First, you pre-order at least a day in advance. Then, a whole chicken is stuffed with Chinese medicinal herbs, wrapped in layers of heatproof plastic, encased in clay and then buried in a pit of burning charcoal.

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Six to eight hours later, it’s shovelled out of the pit into a wheelbarrow where the waiter breaks the smouldering clay with a hammer. Your fragrant, meat-so-tender-it-falls-off-the-bone Beggar’s Chicken.

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The story goes that 100’s of years ago a beggar stole some chickens and as he did not want to get caught cooking them, he put them in a clay pot and buried the pot in hot coals and hence the Beggar’s Chicken technique was born.

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