I was craving wontons this weekend but didn’t want to settle for take-away with the hard, brown-colored meatballs and so-so soup. I decided to make my own.
You can serve them as an appetizer for your guests or you can serve it as dinner. It’s quick and easy and SO worth making it yourself, not to mention that it’s SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Let’s get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 egg
- 1 scallion, chopped
- 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup chicken stock, plus more for the soup
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch, plus extra for dusting
- Wonton wrappers
- Chili oil
- soy sauce
- chopped scallions
- chopped cilantro
To begin with, add the first eight ingredients in a large bowl and mix lightly to incorporate. My tip for this is to use chopsticks or a fork. Don’t use your hands because you don’t want to over mix it. This will make the meat hard when you go to cook them. You want it to be light and melt in your mouth.
Next, using one wonton wrapper at a time, scoop a small amount of the mixture (about 1 teaspoonful) onto the middle of the wonton wrapper. With your finger, apply a small amount of water around the edges. Fold over the corner of the wonton closest to you to the opposite corner. Press down to seal the wonton wrapper making sure to push out all the air bubbles.
Now you’ll have what looks like a triangle. Apply a tad more water to the left corner of the “triangle” and bring the right corner to connect them. You’ll end up with something that looks like a tortellini. But by all means, fold the dumplings any way you like.
Then place the wontons on a tray with a dusting of cornstarch to prevent them from sticking to one another. Of course you can freeze them for later as well. Pop them in the freezer and when they are nice and firm, pack them into a freezer bag. You’ll have them when you need it!
Finally, bring a saucepan filled with chicken stock (or water) to a boil. Enough to cover the wontons. Boil as many as you want to eat. When they are cooked (usually floating to the top), scoop the wontons directly into your serving bowl. Add more of the chicken stock if you desire. Add your chili oil, a couple drops of soy sauce, and garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro. That’s it. You’re READY to EAT!!!
I hope you’ll make it. It’s especially great on cold nights when you’re sick or feeling under the weather. It will warm you up and make your soul smile. Enjoy!!