Like most foods, making your own won tons is better than buying ready-made ones, because you can control the ingredients and the taste. Homemade wonton soup is much healthier than using frozen options or prepackaged wonton soups.
The won ton skins are widely available and are just perfect for the job. They have perfect thickness, size, moisture content and texture. Meat is the foundation of most fillings and you can use beef, chicken, duck, fish, pork, shrimp, scallops or any combination. The meat should be fresh, lean and of high quality.
You can add garlic, ginger, sesame oil, chilies, herbs and leafy green vegetables to the filling along with spices and flavors you like.
There are many options for cooking won tons including steaming, boiling and frying. They can also be served in a traditional wonton soup or broth.
This article shows you how to make won tons at home using a stunning collection of the best ever recipes.
Place the chopped shrimp and ground pork into a chilled mixing bowl. Season with pepper and salt and mix well. Add scallions, serrano chilies, bean paste, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce and rice wine. Mix well and set aside for 30-60 minutes, longer if you have time.
Remove the wontons in batches from the packaging and spread them out on a dry bench or chopping board. Place about one teaspoon of filling in the center of each skin. Brush the edges of each square with beaten egg. Gently fold one side over the opposite, pinching edges together to make a folded rectangle. Next, draw the corners in and pinch together to make the classic curved wonton shape. Place the wontons about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on a tray or baking sheet. Sprinkle the wontons with cornstarch and place in the fridge (uncovered) until you are ready to cook them.
Prepare the large individual serving bowls by adding about 1 tablespoon of spinach leaves and 2 tablespoons cilantro to each bowl. Heat the chicken broth and add the spices you like. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil to cook and cook the won tons in batches of 10 at a time, cooking each batch for about 2 minutes (check to see if this timing is working as you don't want them overcooked. Remove the cooked wontons, set aside and continue with another batch of 10, until they are all cooked.
To serve, add 3-4 wontons to each bowl and pour about 1 1/2 cups hot broth into each bowl. Drizzle with red pepper oil, or chile flakes if desired.
Place 2 cups cold water, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ginger and stock in a large saucepan and heat to boiling using moderate heat. Then reduce the temperature to a gentle simmer.
Meanwhile. mix the remaining soy sauce, garlic, chives, mushroom, zucchini, carrot, cornflour and chicken mince in a small bowl.
In batches of 5-10, spread the wonton wrapper out on a clean dry surface. Place one heaped teaspoon on the mixture into the center or each square. Brush the edges with water or beaten egg. Fold up the sides to form a pouch and then pinch to shape and enclose. Repeat with the remaining shells and mixture.
Add the wontons to simmering stock mixture. Cook, by simmering uncovered for 5-7 minutes, until the wontons start to float. Test one to ensure the filling is cooked cooked through and float to the surface. Using a slotted spoon, transfer a serving of wontons to each of the serving bowls. Top with the stock mixture. Sprinkle with chives and serve hot.
Ingredients for the Soup
Ingredients for the prawn and mushroom wontons
Heat the ingredients for the chicken broth in a saucepan, except for the spinach, which should be added to the serving bowls just before serving
Make the prawn and mushroom filling by combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight to fully develop the flavors. Spread the wonton wrappers out add 1 heaped teaspoon of filling. Moisten the edges with water, then fold and shape into the preferred form. Heat a large volume of water in a pan to boiling. Reduce to a simmer, and then boil the wontons for about 4–5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon.
Divide the wontons between the bowls. Pour in the chicken broth, add a few drops of sesame oil. Then top with a serving of spinach leaves and other herbs if desired. Mix and then serve hot.