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Wuzhou Fried Paper-wrapped Chicken (梧州纸包鸡/Wuzhou Zhibaoji)

Updated: Mar 13, 2019 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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Originating during the regaining period of Xianfeng in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Wuzhou Fried Paper-wrapped Chicken is a traditional cuisine with more than 150 years of history. [Photo/lbnews.com.cn]

Viewed as a signature of Wuzhou’s food culture, Wuzhou Fried Paper-wrapped Chicken was honored as one of China’s top dishes, and included in Guangxi's intangible cultural heritage list in 2016.

The dish is very specific in terms of ingredients and cooking methods. The chicken is selected among free-range chickens raised by local peasants. They should first be chopped into pieces and cured with a specially-made sauce that integrates dark soy sauce, ginger juice, star anise, fennel, and pericarpium citri reticulatae. It is then wrapped up with specialized paper and fried in peanut oil for five minutes until the chicken is nearly well done. The chicken has a freshness and delicacy of its own. It tastes delicious and smooth, but not greasy.

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