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Bird's Nest Omelette

Unusual Ingredients

Bird's Nest Omelette
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided into two batches
3 Tablespoons dried bird's nest fragments or pieces
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoons slivered or minced fully-cooked smoked ham
1 sprig Chinese coriander leaves, leaves torn into ten small pieces
1. Brush the first batch of oil onto ten Chinese ceramic soup spoons )or small molds).
2. Bring two cups water to the boil, add dried bird's nest pieces, and boil them for three minutes, then remove with a fine strainer, and discard the water. When partially cooled, squeeze out any remaining water.
3. Beat eggs for two minutes, then add sugar, bouillon powder, and cornstarch, and beat another half minute. Add bird’s nest pieces and stir gently before pouring into the oiled ceramic Chinese soup spoons. Carefully place these filled spoons on a steamer rack and put it over boiling water to steam for three or four minutes, no longer.
4. Heat a wok or small fry pan and add the second batch of oil. Carefully slide the omelettes into the pan and fry them for one minute per side. Remove the omelettes from the pan and line them up in a thin long dish. Sprinkle the ham on them, then the coriander, and serve.

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