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Archive for September 24th, 2009

24

Sep

2009

Wonton Soup

The all-American favorite Chinese soup!

Half package wonton wrappers, ½ pound /about 24 wrappers (You will find the wonton wrappers in the produce section of most supermarkets)
4 cups chicken stock or 2 cans (14 oz. or 15 oz. each) chicken broth
½ cup water for sealing the wontons
1 scallion, including the green top, wash and finely chopped for garnish

Filling & Preparation:
4 oz. fresh ground lean pork
1 oz. sliced canned water chestnuts, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
1 scallion, including the green top, wash and finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt

In a bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Mix together thoroughly and set aside.

To Assemble:
In a small bowl, fill ½ cup water for assembling the wontons. Place a wonton wrapper on the palm of your hand. Place 1 full teaspoon of the filling in center of the wrapper and moisten all sides of the wrapper around the filling with water. Lift the lower right corner and flip it over to the middle of the left side. Seal it. Turn the wonton over and use both hands to overlap the two end corners together. Moisten a corner and pinch the ends firmly together. The result: The wonton filling is in the center with four corners of the wrapper pointing outward. As each wonton is complete, place them on a plate, cover with a dry towel and set aside. For more assembly details, view our recipe for Fried Wontons.

To Cook:
Fill a medium size pot with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Drop the wontons into the boiling water, a few at a time. Use a long handled spoon to stir gently for a few seconds. Reduce the heat to moderate. Boil the wontons uncovered for 4  minutes (careful not over cook them). Meanwhile, heat the chicken broth in a small pot so it is ready to use.

To Serve:
Drain the cooked wontons through a colander. Place 6 wontons in each soup bowl, then pour 1 cup of the hot chicken broth over each of bowl. Sprinkle some finely chopped green onions. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 20 to 25 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes

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