BEGGAR'S CHICKEN Recipe - cooking a whole chicken in CLAY | How to Make Clay From Dirt

  • Published on Jul 2, 2019
  • #BeggarsChicken is a Chinese dish that used #clay encase and cook a whole chicken, and after baking is cracked open with a mallet. I take things a step further by collecting dirt and processing it into clay.
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  • Diana Vasile
    Diana Vasile 3 hours ago

    Can we appreciate for a moment, how childishly happy and cute Emmy is? She is so adorable! Hugs from Romania

  • jfdid sjdfo
    jfdid sjdfo 4 hours ago

    Popes nose? LOL.....

  • epicalex91
    epicalex91 17 hours ago

    I’m just gonna say it the lotus leaf looks like a butthole 😂

  • Cat K
    Cat K 20 hours ago

    Looks like watermelon

  • N7 tungstenKestrel
    N7 tungstenKestrel 21 hour ago

    Might be great to show up to thanksgiving with my friends with this.

  • Haley Kemp
    Haley Kemp Day ago


  • brightbkh07
    brightbkh07 Day ago

    That just made me super hungry!!!! Looks delicious!

    ARN ANDERSON Day ago

    Yeah I'd eat your cooking

  • KAY! r
    KAY! r Day ago

    your excitement makes me happy 😊

  • Finding Me
    Finding Me Day ago

    I really love what youve got going on here on your channel.

  • Sarah_j
    Sarah_j 2 days ago +1

    Too much work for some dang chicken xD

  • Sunny Island
    Sunny Island 2 days ago

    Ohmaigahd ! Yu clobbering it open with mallet !!

  • Citizen Brain
    Citizen Brain 2 days ago

    Loved it all until you put the newspaper on - you just baked all of the toxins in the inks in to your chicken.

  • Purple . Bean
    Purple . Bean 2 days ago

    Now I want sooooooome

  • claude jones
    claude jones 2 days ago

    is that alot of sodium, and if you got high bloodpressure is that good to eat

  • claude jones
    claude jones 2 days ago

    to much work

  • Κώστας Λουπασάκης

    When I saw the lotus leaf I wanted to make a joke about eating posterior for some reason

  • Beth Jones
    Beth Jones 2 days ago +1

    Emmy, could you demo fresh water chestnuts?

  • Belladonna Dreams
    Belladonna Dreams 3 days ago

    I absolutely love your videos, you have the most charming personality and it really stands out from every other youtuber I’ve seen on here 💕

  • Le Berino
    Le Berino 3 days ago +1

    Hmm throughout the video i didnt see that blue chicken I missed it so much the video is great but a little incomplete for me...

  • kim montour
    kim montour 3 days ago +1

    She always says something before she eats but does anyone know what she’s saying?

  • chromesthesia
    chromesthesia 3 days ago +1

    I think Hannibal did something like this with someone's leg.

  • Hannah Banana
    Hannah Banana 3 days ago +1

    I wanna watch because it seems interesting. But I do feel weird about watching videos that encourage cooking animals. More vegan recipes please. :D
    This is such a cool channel, but veganism is too close to my heart to ignore this lil carcass that once had feelings.

  • NikovK
    NikovK 4 days ago +1

    I wouldn't use newspaper, you don't quite know what is in that ink and it might offgas in the oven into your food.

  • Glitch
    Glitch 4 days ago

    Emmys attitude always makes my day

  • Carly K
    Carly K 4 days ago +1

    I used to LOVE this birds eye vegetable mix in Szechuan sauce and it had the best water chestnuts. I mixed it with tilapia in a wok and it was beautiful. I ate that as much as I could and sometimes would mix in more of its base ingredients for extra fish so I could take it with me from home back to my dorm 2 hrs away because they had a kitchenette in a common room with a strict “no fish” policy which I thought was rude and unhealthy but whatever. I lost 60 lbs, my hair was healthy and my skin was amazing. Only a little bloating from all the salt in the sauce lol. But they stopped making it! And I’ve been sad for ten years. If you could find a way to make a mock recipe of that I will legitimately give you my first born. Worth it.

  • Stereosexual
    Stereosexual 5 days ago

    Emmy’s excitement over the lotus leaves is adorable

  • John Kugelfischer
    John Kugelfischer 5 days ago

    If you wanted to do this for real, go to a beach, dig a pit, line it with rocks, start a fire in it, let it burn down to coals, put the clay chicken in. Cover it with big leaves. Cover it with sand. Leave it for a couple of hours.

    Then you have clay-cooked chicken.

  • Conoce Un Angel
    Conoce Un Angel 5 days ago

    Looks amazing but personally I would marinate my chicken 🐓 the night before or a last for few hours to adsorb the flavors

  • Afgan No3
    Afgan No3 6 days ago

    when she holds the lotus leaf up, it looks like an arsehole (prehaps i have a dirty mind and i like asian women) - great channel. sorry for lowering the tone, i cant help it.

  • Jason Lord
    Jason Lord 6 days ago

    a beggar that has all those ingredients is doing pretty well!

  • Tsrif Tsal
    Tsrif Tsal 6 days ago +1

    I'm not convinced that cooking food within toxic newspaper is a good idea.

  • General Terms Jr
    General Terms Jr 6 days ago

    So what is the function of the clay to hold the heat and cook the meat slow, or does it adds some flavor to the chicken too?

  • General Terms Jr
    General Terms Jr 6 days ago

    The chicken goes back to the egg....... hum..., is like the baptism of the avian species! The chicken will be a "born again" as a new cooked creature! Hallelujah!

  • Greatest Ever
    Greatest Ever 6 days ago

    Uses leaf as hat.
    Someone has young children. :D
    Also girl, you supposed to cook this in a fire. Just toss the ashes on top of it. People did that a lot back in the day.

  • kyle t
    kyle t 7 days ago

    could you do this with a turkey?

  • Oledoms Jude
    Oledoms Jude 7 days ago +1

    Who here came from Hannibal?

  • sara seaman
    sara seaman 7 days ago

    So, while it was cooking, was she smelling the clay cooking? And then upon opening it, was that when she actually smelled the yummy end result?

  • Accaillia Carter
    Accaillia Carter 7 days ago +3

    Me: eating 3month old frozen chicken nuggets in bed bc I was too lazy to go grocery shopping.
    you really reap what you sow huh? 😅

  • ja da
    ja da 7 days ago

    Mmm... newspaper drippings... That has got to be healthy... ^^!

  • Peter Myers
    Peter Myers 7 days ago

    No doubt unintentional but at 12:52 this visual reminds me exactly of that horrifying scene from "Eraserhead"! (But the recipe looks delish!)

  • RedditK4L
    RedditK4L 8 days ago

    I'd love to hear more Chinese

  • Vander Garth
    Vander Garth 8 days ago

    Im so excited for the holidays!!!! Ahh!!!

  • Jesus Castellom
    Jesus Castellom 8 days ago

    I’m so hungry now !

  • inivas ahgnisabus
    inivas ahgnisabus 8 days ago

    we all know that extra wine was no mistake

  • Irma Diaz
    Irma Diaz 9 days ago

    I love how excited she got when she wrapped the chicken in the leaves

  • daisy
    daisy 9 days ago +3

    does anyone else just watch her videos bc of her voice 😂????
    No? Just me. OK

  • PaytonThinks
    PaytonThinks 9 days ago

    I just love how excited she gets

  • Femke Borcheld
    Femke Borcheld 10 days ago

    Very interesting! You also could try the 'römer topf'

  • knowledgetracker
    knowledgetracker 10 days ago +1

    You are so cute and intriguing. Subscribed.

  • Rose Play
    Rose Play 10 days ago

    Taste like wood and paint... Lmao Denice the menace.
    Oh Mr. Wilson 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Lissie Lamb
    Lissie Lamb 10 days ago

    THIS is the type of thing I need when I'm panicking for no reason at 11pm. So calming 😍

  • David Bolick
    David Bolick 11 days ago

    I don't like the newspaper because of the ink and paper processing. Aren't the leaves enough to protect from the clay?

  • David Bolick
    David Bolick 11 days ago

    That clay is amazing

  • AverdeCheeseburger c
    AverdeCheeseburger c 11 days ago

    But Emmy, I have a serious question. Cheesy book.

  • Vivi Berces
    Vivi Berces 11 days ago +2

    At 8:48 I swear that looks like something else😳....I'm sorry😭😭😭

  • LeaveTheDungeon
    LeaveTheDungeon 11 days ago

    When Emmy lifts more than you do

  • April Head
    April Head 12 days ago

    Im sorry but i cant stop wondering what kind of poop and bacteria is probably left in that clay . That would be a huge nope for me .

  • Singular
    Singular 12 days ago

    Her voice is so calm! I can’t stop watching her contents!!

  • Vireak Alexander
    Vireak Alexander 12 days ago

    So much effort. Cry.