wonton soup …

February 5, 2010

Wonton soup is a family favorite.  I’ve been eating it since I was a kid, and it is a great comfort food to me.
Chinese new year is just around the corner.  It happens to fall on Valentines Day [February 14th] this year.  So, to help celebrate the year of the Tiger,  try making this wonton soup!  This soup would make a great addition to any Chinese New Year party.  [To learn more about Chinese new year, click here]
Continue reading for the recipe below!
{Wonton Soup}
Ingredients: {wontons}
1 lb. Ground beef, turkey, or pork [I usually use pork or beef]
1 tbs. soy sauce
½ tsp. Sugar
½ tsp. Pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tbs fresh ginger, minced
1 tbs fresh garlic, minced
¼ cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3-4 drops sesame oil
¼ cup chopped water chestnuts
1 egg, whisked
½ cup chopped Chinese cabbage (Bok Choy)
1 package of wonton skins [I prefer the rounded ones, sometimes called gyoza wrappers]

Preparation:
Combine all filling ingredients in a large bowl, mix well.
Place 1 tsp of meat mixture in the middle of a wonton skin. Brush the edges with water and fold over in half.
Bring a large sauce pan filled with water and 1 tsp olive oil to a boil.    Drop the wontons in an allow to boil for 6-8 minutes, or until meat is cooked through and wonton skins have become semi-transparent.
Remove wontons and place 4-6 wontons per soup bowl.  Spoon broth into each bowl over wontons.  Serve immediately.
I like mine with a little spicy chili sauce on top!
{Soup Broth}

6-8 cups chicken broth (or water and chicken bullion cubes)

2-3 tbs soy sauce
4-5 drops sesame oil
1 cup chopped Chinese cabbage (Bok Choy)
¼ cup chopped green onions
½ cup Chinese snow peas
¼ cup chopped cilantro
fresh ground pepper
Preparation:
Bring Chicken broth to a boil; add the remaining ingredients to the broth and serve broth over the wontons.
Enjoy!!

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