Long, long time ago, a beggar stole a chicken. He was afraid that someone would notice the chicken so he buried it under the mud. Later that day when he dig out the chicken, still covered with mud, and grill it under the flame, the mud form into a solid texture and once cracked open, reveal the aromatic tendered meat with juice seal tight inside the chicken meat. This recipe went viral and even the emperor at that time enjoy this dish in his palace, and keeping the name simply as "Beggar Chicken".
Today I'm going to introduce one restaurant that specialize in Beggar Chicken.
To order Beggar Chicken in New Village, make sure you call them to book table and tell them you want to order beggar chicken. Their beggar chicken need preparation and cooked for 3-5 hours so you can't order on the spot.
I wasn't able to reach them the night before so tried my luck in the morning. Told them we want a beggar chicken and dine in at evening. Lucky they can take our order since they have time to prepare the beggar chicken. But it's always advisable to call them one day before for booking.
New Village: Average Chinese Cuisine That You Can Expect
New Village is newly opened at 8th August. Honestly, I'm kind of admire their courage of starting their business at Plaza OUG, which has high rate of shops open-and-close all the time. Hope they will be fine....
The restaurant is quite basic in terms of deco. You can't really tell its new because the overall interior looks quite old style. Like a classic house in village just like the restaurant name imply. Basically its a new place for you to eat and that's it.
Other than Beggar Chicken, the rest of the foods is something that you could expect if you dined in Chinese restaurants before. But they have much lesser food variety and quite limited.
"Hoi Fan~" (Nom nom time~)
Food serving is super slow. We waited for 30 mins for the foods. Somehow everything arrive at the same time. Perhaps they cook and serve everything at once.
The most unique dishes is of course, the Beggar Chicken. Come with the solid flour instead of mud that they use to wrap the chicken, and crack it open in front of us. You can try to smash the solid structure if you want to try. Or just let them handle it.
Once cracked open and all the layers unfold, the great aroma blossom and tickle our starving stomach.
The size of the chicken is a little small but with the burial of many different herbs with it, there is a strong herbal flavor in the chicken meat, especially the sauce. Good to pour some sauce onto the rice and eat. Just that the chicken meat is not as tender as I expected.
Next up, we have a deep fried talapia with soy sauce. The size of the fish is also pretty small, there is not much meat in the fish itself. Nothing much to expect from the taste. Only the soy sauce can be tasted.
I didn't get to eat much because this is not a portion for 5 person. Probably need two plates for 5 pax.
Most of the dishes are just nice, very ordinary dishes that you can get better option out there. Frankly, the Beggar Chicken is not that great in terms of texture and flavor. I can see lots of herbs and stuff buried with the chicken, but somehow the taste is a little lacking. And the meat, it's not so tendered compare to the one I made last time.
Most of the dishes come in very little portion. More like dishes meant for 2-3 person.
The Beggar Chicken is a little too expensive. I can understand that the preparation is not easy and the materials & ingredients are costly, but the taste does not convince us for that price. The cost for the rest of the dishes is quite average, it's affordable if you don't mind their overall quality.
There are numerous attentive waitress and the boss is around some times, so it's not that difficult to call for them. And good thing that they are friendly. Just that the food serving is a too long.
If you like the old classic kampung style of atmosphere, you might like this place. Other than that, the environment is very classic style and does not look like it's newly open.
I may consider about this if I want to go for some simple Chinese dishes that are not too expensive. But don't think I will go for the Beggar Chicken mainly because of the cost.