Braised SWALLOW NEST in Asian pear
- 8 Asian pears
- 4 tablespoons goji berries
- 8 pieces small rock sugar or syrup
- 4 pieces bird nest 1 oz. / 28 grams
Soak the SWALLOW NEST with cold water, for at least 6 hours or overnight.
This step is very important. Do NOT use warm or hot water to soak the nest because it might destroy the delicate texture. Once the nest is fully hydrated, it expands a few times larger and has a slightly tough gelatinous texture. Use your hands to tear it into smaller pieces along the threads. Try to do it without breaking the threads so the finished nest will have a better texture.
• Cut each Asian pear into two pieces by cutting through the core about 1/3 of the way from the top. Use the larger piece as a bowl and the smaller piece as the lid. Use a spoon or melon scoop to scoop out the inner part of the bigger piece and make the pear into a small bowl. You can cut a zig-zag pattern if you like. It won’t affect the cooking.
Divide up SWALLOW NEST and fill 2/3 of each pear with the nest. Add filtered water to cover, a few pieces of goji berries, and 1 piece rock sugar. Cover the pear with the lid you cut off earlier.
Place the pear in a small bowl and transfer the bowl into a big skillet. Add water until it reaches halfway up the bowl.
Cover the skillet and cook over medium high heat, until water reaches a boil and steam comes from the skillet. Turn to medium heat and let braise for 40 minutes.
Once the SWALLOW NEST are cooked, transfer the small bowls onto the kitchen counter with your oven mitts on. Let cool until it can be handled by hand.
You can further sweeten it with syrup or honey, if needed. Serve the SWALLOW NEST warm or at room temperature as a dessert.