Won Ton Soup is one of those things that I crave and is on my list of top ten comfort foods. Who doesn’t love the slippery noodles and comforting chicken broth? Those little chewy pieces of pork with the red edges (why?) and the floating scallions? What I used to get in a Chinese restaurant was probably a fast food equivalent of the real thing, but I love this soup and so does my family so I decided to make my own version at home. I am not trying to claim to be an expert in cooking Chinese cuisine, but to make a knock off that resembles the restaurant version is okay by me for a quick fix and a quick weeknight meal, which can be made in under 30 minutes.
I decided to try a quick and healthy version so instead of stewing delicious and flavorful pork for the filling, I used ground turkey. In a bowl, I mixed ground turkey, grated ginger, diced scallions, minced garlic and some other flavorings like soy sauce and sesame oil as the filling and used store-bought won ton wrappers (look in the refrigerated section). My young daughter helped me make these so it turned into a fun project for the two of us and it was super easy for her to handle without my having to worry about her using a knife or any dangerous tools. Of course I had to keep making sure she washed her hands with hot, soapy water while working with the meat. While she did that, I sauteed some garlic, onions and ginger in a pot and added chicken stock once translucent, about 5 minutes later. Once the stock was simmering for a few minutes, I added the prepared dumplings and some additional scallions and let it simmer for about 10 minutes to make sure the filling was cooked all the way through. I would have added some greens if I had any handy but with just the scallions and won tons, this was a delicious soup, served with crispy noodles.
Here is the actual recipe, but feel free to tinker with it by adding leafy greens to the broth or various mushrooms or bamboo shoots, and have fun with Won Tons!
Won Ton Soup
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 chopped white onion
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions, plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped
- 10 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 pound ground turkey
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- a pinch of crushed red pepper
- Won Ton wrappers
In a large pot, heat the oil and add the garlic, ginger and onions for five minutes. Add the scallions and stock and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, assemble the won tons.
In a bowl, mix the garlic, ginger scallions, ground turkey, egg yolk, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and crushed red pepper. Open the pack of Won Tons when ready to use. Using a teaspoon, place a dollop in the center of the Won Ton and brush the edges with water, then fold in half and seal shut. Once you have a bunch assembled, drop them gently into the simmering broth and let cook for about 5 minutes. Serve with Chinese crackers.
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