Birds Nest ( Wi Hok Norn Rang )

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A fun way to get children to eat their food - baby chicks made from potatoes and breaded shrimp in a nest of noodles. The noodles are optional, the birds look just as good if served in a basket.

Ingredients
200 gms Big Potatoes
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
10 Shrimp
2 Garlic Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Coriander Root
1 Tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
1 Egg
5 Tablespoons Breadcrumbs
Oil for Deep Frying
Black Sesame Seed (For the eyes!)
10 Tooth Picks
Noodles (Bami, Instant Noodles etc.)

Preparation
1. Whip the egg.
2. Pound the garlic and coriander root together.
3. Clean the shrimp, remove the shell but leave the tail on, be sure to cut down the back and remove the black thread gut.
4. Put a small lengthwise cut through the back of the shrimp, then bend the tail back on itself and bring it up through the cut you just made. This gives you the body and tail feathers of the chick.
5. Mix the pounded garlic and coriander over shrimp, together with the pepper and soy sauce.
6. Dip the shrimp in the whisked egg, then dip in the breadcrumbs to cover them.
7. Deep fry until the breadcrumbs are golden brown.
8. Peel the potatoes, cook in boiling water until cooked. Mash them with a little salt (no butter or milk, we want them firm!). Take some of the mash potato and roll into small balls, one for each bird.
9. Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water, drain and set on the plate. Take a fork and swirl them around the plate so they look like a nest.
10. Assemble the birds by taking a shrimp, placing one of the potato balls on it, and adding 2 sesame seeds for the eyes. Break a toothpick in half and push it into the potato to form the beak.
11. Set them out in the noodle next and serve.

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