With the recent post in San Francisco about Beggar's Chicken, I got a sudden urge to try the dish again. But being in Los Angeles now, I have yet to come across a menu that included the Beggar's chicken. Are there any restaurants that serves this dish preferably in clay or mud? Or if you have any leads to a secret menu at restaurants that offers this item, please share!
When I ate at a jiangzhe/huaiyang place in the bay area, I was told that there was a problem with the clay in this country as far as making sure there was no trace arsenic. In China, she knew her suppliers could get her "clean" clay. So there's the toxicity issue.
If you want something similar, Lake Spring Garden has FuGui Ji (as opposed to Zhaohua Ji). It's a whole chicken, stuffed as for beggars chicken (you can ask for the lotus seeds as well) wrapped in leaves and then baked. If you want to ask if a restaurant will do it special order, I suggest limiting yourself to a Jiang-zhe restaurant. Here are a few suggestions
LAKE SPRING RESTAURANT
219 E GARVEY AVE
MEI LONG VILLAGE REST.
301 W VALLEY BLVD 112
GREEN VILLAGE SHANGHAI REST
1390 S FULLERTON RD #101
CITY OF INDUSTRY
727-729 E VALLEY BLVD
Anyone have any updated suggestions to find Beggar's Chicken in the LA area? Number for Charming Garden is disconnected, and Yunnan Garden is closed Mon-Wed, so couldn't get any info. I have heard that you can get it at Chi Dynasty in Los Feliz as a special request with a few days' notice. Can anyone confirm?
2112 Hillhurst Ave
I believe Green Village in San Gabriel (on Valley) has this as part of one of their set menus. We tried it about a year ago and I quite liked it. The waiter who served us asked us what we thought of the dish - he said everytime the kitchen made one for the staff to try, it would be ordered by paying customers and they never got to sample one.