Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wonton Soup

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My family loves wontons and whenever I make a batch it becomes a family event where everyone pitches in to help with the folding.  After taking a count as to how many wontons each person wants for our meal, I‘ll freeze the rest for a later date.


I discovered that if you have the freezer space, the best way to store the wontons is in an egg carton or egg crate lined with plastic wrap, then wrapped again over the top.  So save your egg cartons.

This will keep the wontons from losing their shape and from sticking together.  When you want to cook them, you simply drop the frozen wontons in the boiling water and simmer until they float.  Homemade wontons without the work, at least until the next folding session.

 

I have made these wontons for years making minor adjustment along the way to create the ultimate wonton filling.  Besides all the other ingredients that flavor the wontons, an important step is to cut the shrimp chunky so that each wonton will have at least one big piece of shrimp when you bite into it.


PORK & SHRIMP WONTONS
1          pound              ground pork
1          pound              shrimp
4          dried                shitake mushrooms, soaked & minced
4          Tbsp.               green onions, minced
1          tsp.                  kosher salt
1          tsp.                  brown sugar
1          Tbsp.               soy sauce
1          Tbsp.               oyster sauce
2          tsp.                  dry sherry
1          tsp.                  cornstarch
2          packs              won ton wrappers

Place pork in a large bowl.  Peel and clean shrimp.  
Cut shrimp into small chunks and add to pork.
Add all ingredients except the wonton wrappers and mix well to blend.
Place 1 tsp. of filling in the middle of a wonton wrapper.
Lightly moisten the edges with water.
Fold in half to form an uneven triangle that looks like two separate triangle points at the top.
Flip wonton over so the triangle points are facing down.
Moisten the top of the left corner; wrap around your finger and press the right corner on top of it.


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place wontons in one at a time.  Don't over crowd the pot.  Place only enough wontons in the pot so when they float to the top they will have a little room to move around.  Cook wontons until they float (about 3 - 5 minutes).  Serve with wonton soup and green onions.


Wonton Soup Broth

After cleaning the shrimps for the wonton filling start your soup broth.  It pretty much cooks itself.

I always use the shrimp shells to flavor the broth but if you prefer or don't have shrimp shells you can sub. dried shrimp which will give your soup a shrimpier flavor.  I also save the water that I soak my shitake mushrooms in and add it to the broth but if you tossed it out, just place a couple of dried shitakes into the broth (no need to soak).  The combination of shrimp and chicken along with shitake and a punch of ginger makes for a wonderful light broth to compliment your wontons. 

I freeze the leftover broth in single serving portions along with the wontons so I can have a hot bowl anytime or until the wontons get eaten up.

WON TON SOUP BROTH

8          cups                water
1          14 oz. can       chicken broth
Shitake mushroom water (the water you soaked the mushrooms in for the wontons)
Shells from 1 pound of shrimp or (½ cup dried shrimp)
1          large thumb     fresh ginger, smashed
3          sprigs               green onion, whole
1 - 2     tsp.                  kosher salt

Place water and chicken broth in a large pot and bring to a boil.  Add the rest of the ingredients except the salt and lower heat; cover and let simmer for 20 – 30 minutes.  Strain soup, taste and salt as needed; serve over boiled won tons.

4 comments:

  1. Great idea with the egg carton! I will surely try them, they look lovely~

    Carla
    www.simplyfoodlove.com

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  2. Great recipe, easy and simple directions. Came out tasting amazing. Thanks.

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  3. Have you ever tried using cilantro instead of green onion, which is what I add to mine?

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    1. I am a fan of cilantro and enjoy adding fresh sprigs to my soup. However, my family is not fond of cilantro so it wouldn't be an option in my house. With that said; I think cilantro would be a delicious addition, but I wouldn't omit the green onions. In my opinion, green onions make everything taste better :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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