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  1. 3 1/2 lb Frying chicken

  2. 3 Dried lotus leaves

  3. 4 lb Wet modeling clay

  4. --STUFFING-- 1/2 lb Ground pork

  5. 2 tb Salted mustard green,

  6. Minced 1 tb Peanut oil

  7. 1 ts Sugar

  8. 1 ts Fresh ginger root, minced

  9. --MIXTURE FOR SKIN-- 1/2 ts Salt

  10. 1 tb Medium sherry

  11. 1 ts Sesame oil

  12. 1 tb Dark soy sauce

  13. 2 minutes; add mustard green, ginger & sugar; stir-fry

  14. 1 more minute. Remove & cool. Lotus Leaves: Number of leaves depends on their size & that of chicken. Reduce heat under boiling water to simmer, & steep leaves for 3-5 minutes, until wet through & pliable (no longer or leaves may shred). Now soak in cold water for 10 minutes, or longer, until time to use them; open folded leaves in cold water to wash them. Wrap Chicken: Preheat oven to

  15. 550 degrees. Stuff chicken with pork mixture. Cut hard center out of lotus leaves, then slit along fold about 3" on each side of center, so cut away center can be overlapped. Wrap chicken in

  16. 3 layers of lotus leaves. Tie securely with piece of cotton or fiber string (don't use nylon; it might melt). Spread soft, wet modeling clay about 1/2" thick on sheet of newspaper. Bring clay pack around chicken & seal. Remove newspaper. (Use foil if clay unavailable.) Roasting: Place clay-covered chicken on rack in shallow roasting pan in preheated oven. Bake for 1 hour; reduce heat to

  17. 350 degrees & bake for another

  18. 1 1/2 hours. Serve: Present fired clay chicken to table. Crack clay with suitable object, allowing some of steam to escape before you proceed. Remove clay; carefully cut open lotus leaves with scissors. Chicken will be very soft & tender; break apart to get at stuffing. Serve guests, or invite them to pick with chopsticks.


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