With mentions of Beggar's Chicken by both Mike Lee and Limster, a little explanation of this dish might be in order. Legand has it that a thief stole a chicken from tne royal kitchen, wrapped it in a leaf and some clay to disguise it, and then cooked it by throwing it into a hearth.
I've had this dish only once, prepared by one of my aunties. The chicken was seasoned then wrapped in lotus leaves, sealed in clay and baked. I remember what a mess it was at the table to break it open. However, it was well worth it for the wonderful aromatics and succulent flesh.
Mike, you mentioned that the version you had at Shanghai Beach (Daly City) was not traditional. Could you describe the dish?
Any other restaurants that make this dish?