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May 10, 2008 09:25 AM

Beggar's Chicken

I recently cooked a beggar's chicken (an exhausting all-day effort that, fortunately, paid off in a big way) and decided I wanted to eat one prepared in a restaurant. Tried the dish at Shanghai 1930 a few nights ago -- very rich, delicious, though encased in bread dough, not clay. I was wondering if there are other SF restaurants that serve beggar's chicken.

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  1. Shanghai 1930 used clay when I had the dish, but that was a few years ago and part of a pre-arranged banquet.

    According to, Shanghai Restaurant at Skyine Plaza in Daly City (where the 99 Ranch is) has Beggar's Chicken on the menu. That's not in SF but close.

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      It's on the dinner menu at Shanghai 1930. $38, must be ordered 24 hours in advance.

      The menu also includes Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, "braised sun-dried abalone, superior whole shark's fin, preserved scallops, oysters, and black skin chicken, slow-steamed in lotus leaves with superior double-boiled broth in an earthen wine jug," $88 per person, two person minimum, must be ordered 72 hours in advance.

      Shanghai 1930 Restaurant
      133 Steuart Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I know that, and the OP knows that The question was, what OTHER restaurants serve it.

        1. re: Xiao Yang

          I was clarifying that you don't have to arrange a banquet to get it.

          The menu says the chicken is "wrapped in clay flour," whatever that means.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            It usually means a mixture of flour, salt and water mixed to a consistency that allows it to be molded around the chicken which is baked in it. It is probably easier to do that than try to get real unfired clay past the health department.