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Hunan Mushroom Sandwiches

Dim Sum and Other Snack Foods

Hunan Mushroom Sandwiches
30 equal-size Chinese black mushrooms, soaked and stems removed and discarded
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 pound shrimp, shells and veins removed, and minced until very fine
1/4 pound whitefish, minced very fine
2 egg whites
1 Tablespoon chicken fat
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
3 cherries or slices of steamed red radish
1 piece cucumber for decor
1. Simmer mushrooms in chicken broth for half an hour, remove and cool, and reserve the liquid.
2. Mix shrimp with one egg white, the fish with the other. Take half teaspoon shrimp and put it on half of the mushrooms. Then do the same with the fish. Then cover this with one unused mushroom so there is a two-layer sandwich.
3. Steam these over simmering water for five minutes, then fry them in chicken fat for another minute or two before plating them on a platter mimicking the photograph on this page.
4. Put cucumber decor on the plate then put reserved liquid in a pot, add cornstarch and boil stirring until it thickens. Put one teaspoon on each plated mushroom sandwich, put cherry or radish in center, and serve.

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