Grilled Lotus Leaf Chicken

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Jam packed with flavor and wrapped in lotus leaf, this beautiful Cantonese chicken dish will not disappoint!

Let's start cooking!

Soy sauce added to shiitake mushrooms and onions in a pan

Step 1 - Sauté chicken stuffing

  • In a pan, heat up 2 Tbsp oil. Fry red onions, yellow onion, shiitake mushrooms, chopped preserved vegetables and 1 Tbsp soy sauce.
  • Fry for 5 minutes, until onions appears translucent and set aside.
Spring onion and ginger mix with spice powder and shaoxing wine in a bowl

Step 2 - Mix aromatics

  • In a bowl, add spring onion, ginger, bak kut teh spice powder, 3 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp Shaoxing wine, 1 Tbsp oyster sauce and sugar.
  • Mix well and set aside.
Sauce poured on stuffed chicken on a tray

Step 3 - Stuff chicken with filling and aromatics

  • Place stuffing and aromatics into the insides of the chicken.
  • Pour the liquid from the aromatics over the chicken.
  • Chicken should be evenly coated with sauce.
Chicken wrapped in lotus leaf on a lotus leaf

Step 4 - Wrap chicken with lotus leaves

  • Wrap the chicken with one lotus leaf, folding up at the sides like a parcel.
  • Flip over and repeat with other two lotus leaves.
  • Secure wrapped chicken with a string.
  • Steam wrapped chicken for 1 ½ hours.
  • After steaming, unwrap the chicken and grill at 240°C for 5 minutes, until golden.
This dish is also known as beggars chicken. It was said that back in the Qing dynasty, a starving beggar stole a chicken and roasted it by the riverside with his campfire. The roasted chicken was so delicious he decided to start selling his creation to the villagers.

Plate and Serve!

Chicken wrapped in lotus leaf

Transfer steamed wrapped chicken to a large plate and unwrap it. Serve hot.

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