Monday, February 9, 2015

Wor Won Ton Soup


Wor Won Ton soup is often a choice for us when eating out. It is a simple broth filled with meat and vegetables in which each ingredient takes a starring role.
"Wor" in Chinese means "everything" as you will see by the list of ingredients. 
Making this soup takes a bit of planning and prepping but is worth every minute. 
 If you like to cook, you'll enjoy the process.
 I enlisted my friend to help make the won tons and chop the veggies 
and it made for a fun and tasty evening.
This recipe makes enough to serve 6-8 people.




The day before, prepare and cook the Chinese BBQ Pork . Refrigerate until cold.
(The pork makes a lovely meal in itself so you can eat it hot one day and then save the leftovers for this soup)

For the Won Ton
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped water chestnuts (reserve rest for the soup)
  • 1/4 pound small fresh shrimp finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh or frozen ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 40 won ton wraps (If you have extra ,wrap them in plastic wrap, place in a zippered plastic bag and freeze for use later)
  1. Mix all filling ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Starting with one won ton wrapper, lay it on the counter and place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  3. Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water and fold it over the filling to form a triangle.
  4. Moisten the top edges and then pleat them together to form a small "purse", gently twisting the top. 
  5. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
  6. Fill a pot with 8-10 cups water, bring to a boil and turn down to medium.
  7. Drop 10-15 won ton into boiling water and cook for 3 minutes.
  8. Remove from water with a slotted spoon and repeat with remaining won ton.
  9. Set aside in a bowl until soup is ready.
For the Soup

  • 1 raw chicken breast cut into thick slices
  • 1/2 lb. small mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups finely sliced savoy cabbage
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped bok choy
  • 1 cup broccoli, stems sliced on the diagonal and florets cut small
  • 1 cup small snow peas, fresh or frozen
  • remaining water chestnuts, sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts if desired
  • 16 cooked prawns
  • 3 green onions, green part only, chopped
  • Chinese BBQ Pork thinly sliced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 cups beef broth 
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. Place chicken breast pieces in a small pot. 
  2. Cover with water, add a bit of salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Poach for 7-10 minutes. drain and set aside to cool.
  4. Chop vegetables as listed.
  5. Add mushrooms, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli and snow peas to broth and simmer until vegetables are crisp tender.
  6. Finely chop or shred cooked chicken
  7. Add chicken, pork, prawns, bean sprouts, water chestnuts and green onion to soup.
  8. To serve: place 4 won ton in each bowl and ladle the soup over them being sure that each bowl has some of each ingredient. OR pass bowl of won tons around followed by the soup.
If you'd like something else to round out the meal, order in your favourite sushi and serve it alongside the soup.







9 comments:

  1. Bev, this soup looks really good. I'll be trying your recipe one of these days.

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  2. Bev, this soup would hit the spot in so many ways. This is my kinda soup. Looks delish and I bet it tastes even better.

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  3. This looks fabulous! I like Asian inspired foods. I like the pork filled won tons.

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  4. Wow this looks so good. A lot of work though. Can the won tons be made ahead of time and frozen. I tried finding ready made won tons but no luck.

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    1. Yes it is a bit of work but if you enjoy working in the kitchen and have friends who enjoy it too, it makes for a fun afternoon and results in a very special meal to share.

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    2. I found the large bags of frozen won tons at Costco if you have one near. Not sure if Sams Club would have them.

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  5. Just a suggestion: I saw you were using "Mandarin" brand wonton wrappers. If it is possible at all, avoid this brand if you truly want the authentic experience and better quality. I know they are widely available but their quality is really sub-standard. If you can access Chinatown or TNT Supermarket quite easily, go there and give other brands a try.

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    1. Thank for the information. We don't have a Chinese supermarket locally so I buy what is available. However I will look for another brand the next time I need the wrappers.

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