Bird's nest-winter melon
150g bird’s nest fibre, soaked until soft and stewed
3 kg winter melon
75g dried lotus seeds
113g crab meat
4 cups stock
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp caltrop starch
1 tbsp water
- Wash surface of winter melon, scoop out seeds and pith with a metal spoon.
Parboil in boiling water, remove, rinse and drain.
- Wash dried lotus seeds, soak until soft and seed. Slice half of the ham and shred the rest.
- Dice chicken, marinate and parboil.
- Put winter melon into a deep bowl. Add dried lotus seeds, ham slices and stock to the winter melon. Stew for 1 hour, add chicken, bird’s nest and crab meat and stew for 20 more minutes. Season with salt, dish up in stewing pot and sprinkle with ham shreds. Serve.