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Khao Poun (Spiced Pork Ball Soup)

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Servings: 4 to 6

A sloppy soup to eat, but fun and savory. Those crazy cellophane noodles slip all over the place, no matter what you try—the best strategy is a combination of spoon, chopsticks, and picking up the bowl and drinking it. Serve hot to 4 to 6 people as a first course.

1 cup cellophane (bean thread) noodles, soaked in cold water for 15 minutes, then cut into 6-inch lengths
6 cups chicken stock
½ cup smoked ham, finely chopped
½ cup pork, ground
2 Tablespoons water chestnuts, minced
½ teaspoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
Garnish: 2 Tablespoons green onions, minced

Boil the stock in a large saucepan and stir in the soaked and cut cellophane noodles. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the minced ham, pork, and water chestnuts with the cornstarch and soy sauce. Shape the meat into little balls and drop into the soup. Continue cooking over moderate heat for another 15 minutes. Taste. If the broth is too concentrated, dilute with a little water.

When ready to serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with scallions. Arm your guests with any tools they ask for and promise not to laugh as they slurp away.

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