Oct 5, 2021 • 34M

XO Soused - Beggar's Chicken

Andrew Wong and Mukta Das
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A fortnightly chat about techniques and dishes from a professional Chinese kitchen, their history and their cultural setting
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What is Beggar’s Chicken? What are the myths that surround it and why are they important? How has Andrew attempted to bring Beggar’s Chicken - chicken stuffed and wrapped in leaves and clay - into his professional kitchen, and what iterations of the dish is he trying next?

Why is the technique such a fundamental part of its origin story and how has that technique and the recipe changed over time?

a man in chef's whites hits a clay wrapped object on top of a dining trolley and surrounded by white cloth, with a hammer
A chef in a dining room in Hong Kong smashes open the clay wrapping of Beggar’s Chicken at the table. Source: Jesús Gorriti on Flickr Creative Commons shared via licence CC BY-SA 2.0

XO Soused is a fortnightly audio newsletter.

Intro and outro music: 遊子 [wanderer] by mafmadmaf.com

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