Wonton Soup เกี๊ยวน้ำ - Episode 7

Wonton Soup is a two part recipe. First you have to make the wontons and then you have to make the soup. But don't worry, making wonton soup is both fun and easy. Wonton soup is a light, refreshing, and healthy recipe. Wontons are an Asian comfort food, they are delicious and come in many different styles. Wontons are a type of small dumpling filled with a mixture of meats and vegetables. Wontons are very similar to the Italian ravioli or Jewish kreplach. There are also several different ways to fold the wonton wrapper, from the basic four corner pinch, to the more extravagant and complex Samosa Style or Folding Arm Style. The wanton soup base is usually a simple chicken stock with various herbs and vegetables. We hope you enjoy making this classic Chinese dish as much as you will enjoy eating it.

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The ingredients for this dish are easy to find at your local grocery store. You might have to look a little extra to find the wonton wraps. Most grocery stores have them in the Asian foods section, or the refrigerated section. 

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The first step is to mix your ground pork, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, half of your cilantro, and half of your green onions, add your garlic powder, white pepper, and salt into the mixing bowl. Mix until everything starts sticking together. Use your hand to mix it together for best results. 

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Next take about 1 teaspoon full of your meat mixture and add it to the center of a single wrap. Use a few drops of water on your finder tips and outline the wrap, this will help it stock together better when folding it. Fold the wrap by like a triangle, and then bring the two opposing sides together. This will give you a wonton like the one shown in the picture below.

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Next add a little cooking oil into a hot pan, and then add your garlic. The garlic will start to brown fairly quickly, and when it does, you will want to remove the garlic and oil from the pan. We will add it back in later on.

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Next add your soup broth and bok choy "bottoms" to a pan and let simmer for about 15-minutes. This will add a little extra flavor to your broth. Once the bok choy bottoms have softened up, you can remove them and throw them out, as we just wanted to add the flavor to our broth, but we won't be using the bok choy bottoms again once they are removed. DO NOT cook the leafy bok choy tops right now. Save those for later, we will add those into our broth towards the end.

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Once your broth is ready, add your wontons. The will sink to the bottom and cook for a few minutes. Once they are done, they will rise to the top. It is important to take them out of the broth and set them aside in your serving bowl at this time. Keeping them in the broth too long will make them mushy and ruin the dish.

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Now add your leafy bok choy tops into the broth and allow them to cook until they start to become soft. It should not take long at all. Once they are soft, you can add them to your serving bowl.

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The last steps are to spoon in the fried garlic and oil that was previously made, then spoon in your broth, and lastly garnish with your left over cilantro and green onions. I hope you enjoy making this recipe yourself. 

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Cooking Notes: As with almost any recipe, certain part of this one can be substituted. For example, to make it even more healthy, try shrimp meat or tofu instead of pork for your wontons. Or if you don't like bok choy, you can always substitute it with your favorite leafy green. Also, there are many different types of wraps available for you to use, from the standard Nasoya brand we used in this recipe, to Gluten Free Paleo wraps. You should feel free to make changes as you prefer.