The fam and I were looking for lunch after our day trip to Jugra in Kuala Langat, and most reviews seem to point to a place called Viking Seafood Restaurant by the riverside that serves Beggar’s Chicken. To those who don’t know what that is, it’s supposed to be a traditional Chinese dish where the chicken is stuffed, wrapped in clay and buried underground to be roasted. The story goes that during the Qing dynasty, a hungry beggar stole a chicken from a farm and was chased by the farmer down to a riverbank. To conceal his thievery, the beggar buried the chicken in mud. Later he returned, lit twigs on fire and set the mud-soaked chicken onto the flame, forming a tight clay crust. When cracked open, the feathers fell off to reveal aromatic, tender meat. The Emperor happened to be passing and partaked in the food, declaring it so delicious that it was added to the imperial court menu. The beggar later rose from poverty by selling the infamous dish.
View from the restaurant patio.
We ordered two dishes: the Beggar’s Chicken and Glutinous Rice wrapped in Lotus Leaf. The chicken wasn’t really beggar’s chicken per se, since it hadn’t been wrapped in clay, just paper and baked, so we were a tad disappointed. The meat, while tender, was very salty.
The rice didn’t seem fragant even though it was wrapped in lotus leaf, and some bits were still raw and hard. It was cooked with dried oysters, mushrooms and pork. The flavour was, again, a tad too salty. All in all, I didn’t think the resto lived up to its hype. But then again, maybe we ordered the wrong dishes since it is a seafood restaurant after all.
VIKING SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Off Kampung, Jalan Bukit Jugra, Permatang Pasir, 42700 Banting, Selangor, Malaysia