June 28, 2010

Chinese Dumplings/Won Ton Soup

Won Ton is basically, Chinese dumplings filled with spiced minced pork and wrapped in a flour skin. It is usually served in soup or deep fried. My former kids' babysitter makes the best wonton! She would make batches of them and freeze it in freezer bags, and she would often give me some. It is delicious and wholesome--nothing like a freshly home-made wonton!

Ingredients: (makes about 30)
1 lb freshly ground chicken (pork or beef can be used)
1/2 lb prawns, shelled, deveined and minced
1 tsp. wine (or sherry)
1 tsp. salt
some pepper
2-3 drops of sesame seed oil
2 tsp. water
1 tsp. cornstarch
3 tsp. minced scallions
2 tsp. minced ginger root
2 cups chicken stock
1 package store-bought wonton wrappers
fresh vegetables of your choice
1. Add the ground meat and minced prawns in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients, except the chicken stock together to a smooth paste.
2. Put about a teaspoon of filling in the center of the wonton wrapper. Moisten the top edges, fold it diagonally in half to form a triangle. Make another fold from the bottom up about ½-inch. Bring the two points together, moisten one edge and overlap the corners together by pinching it together.
3. Bring chicken stock to a boil, add a drop of sesame seed oil, season with salt and pepper. Simmer and keep warm. In another pot, heat water to a boil and drop wonton into the water to cook for about 2-5 minutes, until the skins are transparent and cooked. (dumplings will float on top). Remove with a slotted spoon and cook the vegetables.
4.To serve, put the cooked dumplings and vegetables in individual bowl and ladle some soup on top. Serve warm.
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