Savoury Birds Nests ( Ruong Purg )

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This is a usually a gop gam dish; snack food to eat with beer or spirits. The nest is made of taro chips, I have 2 large metal sieves that fit together. I fry grated taro between these two sieves to get the shape.

Ingredients for Ruong Purg
300 gms Taro
Oil for Deep Frying
You will need 2 metal sieves

Ingredients for the Filling
50 gms Kidney Beans
50 gms Water Chestnuts
20 gms Cashew Nuts
20 gms Champignon
4-5 Shitake Mushrooms
1 Tablespoon Oil
2 Tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon White Wine
Optional, Shrimp or Pork Meat

Preparation
1. Peel and grate the taro. Heat the oil.
2. Dip the sieves into the hot oil - this will help them not to stick.
3. Place a handful of grated taro in the sieve and use a second sieve to press it into a bowl shape. Lower into the hot frying oil until cooked and golden. Remove and drain.
4. Chop the shitake mushrooms and champignon into pieces.
5. Place oil in a frying pan and fry the mushrooms, red kidney beans, cashew nuts, water chestnuts, light soy, and wine and fry for 1-2 minutes.
6. Spoon into the bird nests.

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