Question: Why couldn’t I move after I ate wonton soup?
Answer: Because I just ate a Won-Ton Soup!
Okay enough of the corny jokes, I mean wonton jokes. This dish is very easy to make and perfect for the cold and rainy days that we are having these last few days. As I mentioned, it was easy to make but it takes time to make. Well, it takes me a while to assemble these little gizmos because I guess I am not a professional wonton-er.
What I usually do is prep everything a day in advance and just keep them in the fridge. The process of assembling the wontons is all finger action. No involvement of the whole hands, no arms, no elbows, no feet (okay just kidding about the feet) just all fingers.
1/2 lb ground pork or ground turkey
1/4 lb medium-large shrimp - peeled and finely chopped
2 Tablespoon finely chopped Cilantro
2 Tablespoon finely chopped Carrots
2 Tablespoon finely chopped Onions
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 large chicken thigh with skin on
8 cups water
4 slices of ginger
2 Tablespoon sesame oil
6 stalks green onion (roots removed)
5 pieces star anise
Salt to taste
1 egg (beaten)
1 bunch baby bok choy - sliced to small crossed-wise pieces
2 stalks green onions - sliced for garnishing
Place all the broth ingredients in a pot (except the salt).
Place pot over high heat and let it boil.
Skim any scums that will float.
Turn heat down to medium-low, cover, and let it simmer for about 1 hour.
While broth is simmering, do the following:
Combine all the wonton filling ingredients in a bowl except the ground meat.
Mix well until fully combined.
Add the ground meat then mix well until fully combined. Set aside.
Beat 1 egg in a small bowl then set aside.
Prepare wontons by placing 1 teaspoon of fillings in each wrapper. (Please see instruction).
Place all the assembled wontons on a plate.
Once the broth is cooked, remove all the solids (chicken, veggies, star anise, etc) by wire skimmer.
Discard all the solids.
Cooking the Noodles
Add the noodles into the broth while it is simmering.
Let it cooked for about 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove the noodles with wire skimmer then transfer to a big bowl then set aside.
Cooking the Wontons
Place all the wontons in the simmering broth.
Let it simmer for about 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove by wire skimmer and transfer to a plate.
After cooking and removing all the wontons from the pot, add salt to the broth to season (see cook's note).
Assembling the Soup Bowl
Add the following in a bowl in this order:
Add add a handful of noodles.
Add few scoops of chopped bokchoy
Add hot broth.
Garnish with chopped green onions
Serve Hot and ENJOY!
Cooking the wontons in the same broth will transfer some of the flavoring to the broth. Therefore you can adjust the salt to your taste after.
Additional and Optional seasoning, and toppings:
Hot Chili Sauce
Toasted Chopped Garlic
Your comment is always appreciated.