Friday, February 4, 2011

Honey Dew Ham

1-1/4 lbs. Chinese Virginia ham
1/2 cup water
1 cup crystal sugar (or sugar)
1/2 cup dry lotus seed or chestnuts
1 T. wine
1/2 t. Kuei-Hua juice (optional, this is a popular Chinese flavoring, if you can't find this you may omit it)

trim off the black surface of the ham. soak the ham with hot water about 1/2 hour, then wash it, put the ham in a plate. steam for about 1/2 hour

note! If american style ham is used then you may omit this process

cut the ham crosswise into 1" wide, 2" long, thin slices. Arrange the ham slices attractively on the bottom of a bowl or deep plate. Put the odd sized pieces in the center. add half of crystal sugar, wine and hot water (to cover ham) steam for about 30 mins.

drain off any liquid from the steam bowl, add soaked lotus seeds(or chestnuts) and the other half of the crystal sugar. steam for another 1/2 hour until the seeds are tender

to prepare sauce, pour the liquid from the steamed ham bowl into a small saucepan. Add Khei Hua juice. simmer and stir until thickened, turn ham from bowl to plate and pour the sauce over it and serve

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