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Xian Gourd Chicken

Xian Gourd Chicken

Xian Gourd Chicken

Xian Gourd Chicken

Gourd Chicken is a famous traditional dish of Xian, known as the "best dish of the ancient capital of Changan". The golden rich color, crisp skin, tender meat and good smell make it become a must-eat dish in Xian.

There is a legend of this cuisine. It is said that an official in Tang Dynasty was very particular about eating. One day, he wanted to eat tender meat of chicken. But the first two cook were fail to meet his requirement and whipped by him heavily. The third cook learnt from the experience of previous cook. He roped the chicken during the cocking process. After that, the chicken meat became very tender. And the official nodded his head finally.
Due to the shape of the cooked chicken looks like a gourd, the dish got the name as gourd chicken.


 


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