Beggar’s Chicken @ Viking Seafood Restaurant, Jugra Kuala Langat

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

+60 3-3120 2393

 

Attractions in Bukit Jugra, Kuala Langat

The historical town of Jugra in Kuala Langat, bordering the far reaches of Selangor, was once the state’s royal town in the late 19th century. Today, it’s a far cry from its glory days, ever since the center of administration shifted to Klang, and then Kuala Lumpur. Now a sleepy backwater town, many of its once magnificent palaces and buildings have fallen into ruin. There are still a few attractions for the curious traveler, though.  

It was roughly an hour’s drive from KL, most of it through small trunk roads that pass by quaint villages. While heading up to Bukit Jugra, or Jugra Hill, we were ‘ambushed’ by a herd of cows ambling down the road. 😀

Jugra Hill is now a hotspot for cyclists, hikers and paragliders, but it was once a landmark for travelers and sailors navigating the Straits of Malacca. A short drive up and we came to the lighthouse at the top of the hill. Unfortunately it was closed for the weekend coz of the Raya holidays.

Breathtaking views of the river and the surrounding palm oil plantations! There are a couple of benches up here for people to sit and enjoy the view, but do beware of monkeys. I got bitten by mozzies in a record 0.05 seconds.

Aside from the hill, there are a few other places to visit in Jugra such as the Royal Mausoleum, a museum and two old Palaces (one in ruins, the other was closed, again, for the holidays) but we weren’t able to visit any of them due to bad timing. Warrants another trip here next time 😀