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Bird's Nest Stew

Unusual Ingredients

Bird's Nest Stew
Ingredients:
1/2 cup dry birdís nest, soaked overnight
1 cup chicken broth
1 Tablespoon minced Yunnan or Smithfield ham
3 Tablespoons bean spouts, tails removed, and coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon rendered chicken fat
1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with half-tablespoon cold water
1 teaspoon minced fresh coriander leaves
Preparation:
1. Simmer birdís nest in the chicken broth in a two-quart saucepan for ten minutes, then drain and set aside.
2. When ready to serve, return this to the saucepan and add the ham, bean sprouts, salt, and chicken fat and simmer for three minutes. Then add cornstarch mixture, bring to just below the boil, and pour into a deep bowl.
3. Sprinkle with the coriander and serve.

                                                                                                                                                       
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