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Bird's Nest, Melon, and Seafood

Unusual Ingredients

Bird's Nest, Melon, and Seafood
1 soaked bird’s nest cake, excess water discarded
1/4 pound fresh shrimp, shells and veins discarded
1/4 pound crab meat, cartilage and shell discarded
1 cup chicken stock
1 egg white
1 pound winter melon, peel and sees discarded, then sliced into rounds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cornstarch, divided
1 egg white
1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
dash of ground white pepper

1. Soak bird’s nest three hours or overnight, then drain and discard excess water
2. Mince shrimp and crab meat, the bird’s nest, too.
3. Cut melon into half-inch thick circles and steam then in half the stock and half the sesame oil for five minutes, then drain them on paper towels, and dust their tops with half the cornstarch.
4. Mix bird’s nest pieces with the shrimp and crab meat, stir in the salt, and half the cornstarch and half the sesame oil, then put bird’s nest and seafood mixture, and half teaspoon in the center of each melon slice.
5. Heat the rest of the sesame oil in a wok or small fry pan, add the seafood-egg white mixture, and stir-fry it for one minute then pour it over the winter melon circles, and steam them covered for three minutes, then serve.

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