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Beggar's Chicken

As the legend goes, there was a beggar in ancient times who wandered south of the Yangtze River. When he was suffering from cold and hunger, his friend stole a small hen for him. Without a stove, the beggar wrapped the chicken with mud and roasted it over a fire. When the chicken was ready, he was surprised to find that it was extremely aromatic and tasty. Later, this method of cooking became well known. After consistent improvements from chefs, high quality of chicken (which is large, tender, and low in fat) is used and wrapped in bamboo reed shells and fresh lotus leaves before being wrapped in alcohol jar luting mud and roasted. With its aromatic scent and tasty flavor, it has become a famous dish.

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