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By Irene Kuo
Crisp outside and fluffy and succulent inside, these minced-shrimp balls make delicious appetizers or a main dish. Moisturized by minced water chestnuts and fluffed by the well-beaten egg white, this is an excellent base mixture with which to make Shrimp Toast or Shrimp Balls and Transparent-Noodle Soup.
Shell the shrimp and devein if veins are large. Mince fine by chopping them into small pieces first, then mince with one or two cleavers or heavy knives until smooth. Or grind them, using the coarse blade, then follow by march-chopping until the consistency is smooth but not puréed. What you want is a smooth-textured consistency; not a pasty one. Place the minced shrimp i