Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Homemade Wonton Soup


Every now and then, I get a hankering for some good 'ol wonton soup.  My Dad taught me how to make wontons, and a few nights ago, I taught Hubby and Little One how!


I have to say that I sounded like a nag because they were doing the "Oh, we don't want to help. Can't you just make them?"

I actually pulled out the "Haven't you heard about the chicks who didn't want to help their mom bake bread? If you don't help, you don't eat!" Oh, I can't remember if that's how the story even went. My memory is fuzzy, but I remember hearing a story similar to that. My grandma and grandpa used to tell us that story.

I may have also pulled the "Many hands make light work" proverb too.

Anyway, I thought it was an opportune time to spend quality family time together. I also thought that if Hubby knew how to make this dish, he could make it on his own sometime!

{ HOMEMADE WONTON SOUP }

Ingredients:
Original recipe
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
1 pkg of 24 wonton wrappers (3.5 in squares)
sesame oil
grated ginger

My version:
I didn't have shrimp or pork, so I substituted with ground beef. I know, not the same. We live on a beef farm, so I used what we had!

1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 c homemade chicken stock
1 pkg of wonton wrappers
sesame oil
*I completely forgot about the ginger!

Instructions:

  1. In large bowl, combine pork, shrimp, rice wine, soy sauce, green onion, and mix well. I didn't have those, so I combined the ground beef, garlic, onion, rice wine, soy, and sesame oil.
  2. Separate wonton wrappers and in the centre of each wonton, place 1/2 to 1 tsp of meat mixture. 
  3. Moisten the edges with water and fold in half (like a triangle). Bring corners together, press and pinch sealed.
  4. Continue the above steps until you've finished wrapping all your wontons.
  5. Bring chicken stock to a boil.
  6. In a separate pot, bring about 5 to 6 cups of water to a rolling boil. Carefully drop wontons in and cook until wontons float to the top. This should take approx. 5 minutes. 
  7. Remove wontons and place into broth. 
  8. Garnish with chopped scallions/green onion (I didn't have any) and you can drizzle a bit of soy and sesame if you want to adjust the taste.
We had a little assembly line going. We had a "Meat Dropper", an "Edge of the Wrapper Wetter" and a "Purse Folder". 




It was a lot of fun!

With everyone involved in the making of our dinner, it tasted even better!



Little One was so excited to eat her wonton soup because she made it!

Do your kids help out in dinner preparation and cooking?

4 comments:

Shannon L said...

Yay! Thank you for sharing. I will be setting up our own little assembly line. :) My daughter has always "helped" and now she is 10 and is proudly making pancakes, from scratch, every Sunday morning. Win-win! Oh and I find if I name the recipe after hubs it becomes his recipe and he wants to cook it. heehee Donnie Burgers Anyone? Now if he would only do the Donnie Laundry!

Christine McN said...

Shannon:
I think our husbands must be related!! :) If only mine would do the Johnny dishes! ;) LOL! xo

caninecologne said...

that's great that you have extra hands to help and involved LO in makin the food. that's how we learn. i remember helping my mom make lumpia. my first job was to separate the wrappers. it eventually led to cutting up certain vegetables, up to rolling up the lumpias themselves. we learn about culture through food as well.

your daughter is looking more grown up! her hair is longer now and i love her bangs! so cute! miss you guys!

Christine McN said...

Canine:
I have to try not to be so finicky when it comes to the way other people do things. Little One wasn't wrapping the way I wanted her to, and wanted to do things her own way. She had it in her head that she would wrap them into wonton BALLS. They actually ended up being really cute, but man...is it ever hard to get out of that place where I want everything to be just the way I think they should be. LOL!

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