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                              BIRD'S NEST SOUP
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Chinese                          Soups/stews
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    3 1/2   oz           (approx) dried bird’s nest
    6       c            Rich chicken stock for soup
    1       lg           Chicken breast
    2       tb           Cornstarch
    2       tb           Rich chicken stock for paste
    1       tb           Dry sherry
      1/4   c            Rich chicken stock
    2                    Egg whites
    1       t            Salt
    2                    Green onions, minced
    1       tb           Minced Smithfield ham
   Preparation:  Soak bird’s nest in cold water
   overnight. Drain and rinse. Spread softened nest
   pieces on plate; pick out prominent pieces of
   “foreign” matter (e.g. feathers, twigs) with tweezers.
   Debone chicken breast, remove membrane and muscle
   fiber, pound meat with cleaver handle to break down
   tissue, mince chicken until it is pulp. Make medium
   thick paste with cornstarch and chicken stock.
   Cooking:  Bring rich chicken stock for soup to boil.
   Immediately add bird’s nest; simmer 30 minutes. Mix
   dry sherry and remaining stock; dribble slowly into
   minced chicken. Lightly beat egg whites with a fork;
   fold gently into chicken so they are not completely
   blended. Add salt to soup. Bring soup back to boil and
   add chicken mixture slowly so soup does not cool. When
   soup returns to boil, it is ready to serve. You can
   hold it at this point on low heat. Pour into serving
   bowl, garnish with green onions and ham.
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