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Monday, May 6, 2013

[Wonton Soup] Very Easy Comforting Chinese Dumpling Soup from Scratch

It was a few weeks ago when Katherine, a good coworker of mine, told me that she loves wonton soup and she had a great wonton soup recipe she's been using for long time. She said it's "tellement facile et tellement bon," I was determined to try the recipe. Katherine sent me the recipe right on that day, and I've made it twice already. I feel that it will become a regular to our table since we all liked it. :) 

As Katherine guaranteed, it's amazingly easy and tasty. The only problem(?) is that you will end up with a kind of leftover Napa cabbage since you can't really buy a small Napa cabbage and you can't use all of it at once. :( 

One consolation is that Napa cabbage stays fresh for long time for you to make another batch of wontons even if you don't find any other recipe to use up Napa cabbage.

As you must know already, wonton is a type of dumpling commonly found in Chinese cuisine. You must be  able to order a bowl of wonton soup at any Chinese restaurant. If you like Chinese wonton soup, now you can make it on your own, from the scratch. 

 Here goes the recipe:
(adapted from Suzanne Liu's Soupe won-ton recipe)

(for 4 servings)
1 package of wonton wrapper(count 6 wonton dumplings per bowl) 

(For the filling)
300g minced pork
4 large slices of Chinese cabbage-type Napa
Salt and white pepper to taste
2 tsp sesame oil (optional)*
water in a small bowl, to moisten the inner edges of the wonton wrappers.

(For the broth)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)*

* I omitted sesame oil only because my younger son is allergic to sesame. Feel free to use it.

1. Blanch cabbage leaves for about 3 minutes.

Then, drain.

2. Dice the leaves of Napa cabbage into small pieces.

3. In a bowl, mix pork, diced Napa cabbage and season with salt and pepper.

4. This is my way to make wonton ravioli faster. Arrange all the wrappers on the kitchen counter and Place a small ball of filling on the center of each wrapper.
5. With the water prepared, dip a fingertip into water and run it across the inner edges of the wrappers. 

6. Fold the opposite to form a triangle edges.

7. Gather the outer edges by pressing firmly to close the wonton.

Then, it looks like this. (This is not an authentic way of folding though)

8.  Place the wonton ravioli in salted boiling water for 4 minutes 

Then, drain and set aside.

9. Heat chicken and vegetable broth, then season with soy sauce, salt and pepper.

10. Drop six wontons in each of soup bowls 

and pour the broth equally into four bowls and add a 1/2 teaspoonful green onion.

And Enjoy!

Isn't it really easy?
Also it's "tellement bon" :)
Happy cooking & eating!

Wonton Soup


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