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Soups and Congees
1 turtle, about one pound, internal organs removed
1 fresh lily bulb, petals separated
12 red dates, pitted and cut in half
12 dried longans
1 Tablespoon rice wine
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites, beaten very stiff
1. Remove the shell of the turtle Cut the body into six to ten pieces.. Cut off the legs and cut each in half. Pour four cups of boiling water over all the pieces, shell included.
2. Bring two quarts of water to the boil, and put in turtle meat and shell, return to the boil, then just before it does, reduce heat to simmer, and simmer uncovered for two hours.
3. Add dates, longans, wine, and salt and another cup of boiling water, and simmer another two hours.
4. Wet your hands and shape the egg whites into two love birds or any other design. Serve the soup hot with the egg-white design on top.