When I get cravings for Chinese food it usually really means that I am craving Wonton soup. There is a local restaurant that we always order from but lately we have not been calling for take out. I blame, or thank, my friend Christine. Christine blogs at Life on Manitoulin and that is where I first saw a recipe for homemade Won Ton soup. At first I thought I would never be able to make Won Ton soup but when I saw Christine’s little girl helping to make the soup I thought, “Oh I am soooo doing this!”.
The recipe that Christine shares seemed easy enough to follow as well. She even substituted some of the ingredients with what she had on hand. I mean of course a beef farmer will have beef on hand… right? That made me even more confident that I could conquer this recipe.
I recruited my dear husband to help me. He is really great at prep and I thought if it did not turn out I could totally blame him.
Well it turned out fabulous. And yes, I am taking all the credit! I have made this recipe a few times, actually a lot of times, and it tastes great every time. I recently served up a bowl to my mother who was amazed that I made the soup from scratch. Score!
I wonder if the owners of our local Chinese restaurant are wondering where we have been…..
Won Ton Soup
From Life on Manitoulin
1/2 lb ground pork
2 oz shrimp, chopped
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
green onion, chopped
3-4 c chicken stock
sesame oil to taste
grated ginger to taste
1 pkg of 24 wonton wrappers (3.5 in squares)
3-4 Cups of Chicken stock
Mix up the pork, shrimp, rice wine, soy sauce, green onions sesame oil and the grated ginger in a bowl.
Place a teaspoon of the mixture in the middle of a wonton wrapper and wrap according to package instructions.
**At this point you have the option to freeze some wontons for later use. I placed them on a cookie sheet in the freezer until frozen. I then stored them in a freezer bag and added them to chicken stock when I was craving soup!**
Heat up a large pot of water. Once at a rolling boil add the wontons. Allow to return to a rolling bowl. The wontons should be ready in about 5 minutes (longer if using frozen wontons). Remove with a sloted spoon.
Add cooked wontons to warmed chicken stock. Garnish with green onions. I like to add some soy sauce too!