Wontons are delicious little parcels, usually filled with pork, chicken or prawns. These particular ones have pork mince, Chili, Ginger, and spring onions. The filling is quite spicy due to the Ginger and Chili, but heat isn’t excessive. Unless you can’t stand Chili, I’d recommend you keep it in. You will also find a link to a video that tells you how to fold these Wontons. I have to say the instructions make it really easy to get professional looking results in quick time. If you nothing else from this post, the folding technique is a keeper.
Am I going to Fry those? Unfortunately, today is a low calorie day, so I’m making Wonton soup. I prefer my Wontons deep-fried, but that’s never going to work today. The wrappers themselves are about 20 calories each, and as you only have a teaspoon of filling in each, my calculations tell me you can have 6 Wontons in your soup for under 250 calories, or you can squeeze in 8 if you want to push the 300 calorie boundary.
The recipe below makes about 24 Wontons, I’ll have 10 leftover once I put the required ones aside for the Soup. What to do? Well I could Freeze them for Later, but since the oven is already on baking tonight’s chicken legs and potatoes, these babies are getting an oven bake treatment. I’ve stuck a photo of the results at the bottom of this post.
In hind sight, I don’t think I’d make this low-calorie soup for lunch again – It was tasty enough, but the Wonton skins untangled themselves after sitting in the broth for 5 hours, and this wasn’t as filling as I’d hoped. Would I make it as a starter? Maybe, but I would want to use a stock that had full fat flavor. Would I make them again and deep fry them? Yes I would! The oven baked ones were really good, but would have benefited from the extra crispness that Deep frying gives. The filling was excellent, and would work great for meatballs as well.
Wonton Soup – Serves 4
To make the Wontons
200 grams Pork mince
24 Wonton wrappers
1/2 Cup cabbage
Inch ginger finely minced
1 red chilli
1 litre Chicken Stock
4 cups water
1 tsp sesame oil
1 spring onion
1 small bunch coriander
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
Put the Chili, chopped ginger, and spring onions into a food processor and chop into a fine dice, add the Pork and blend until thoroughly mixed. Take teaspoons of the mixture and place into the center of a Wonton wrapper, using a bit of water … Oh, take a look at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWIVfA9uteY it makes it easy.
The soup method is as follow and comes from here http://www.marthastewart.com/319070/wonton-soup
Make soup: In a large pot, combine broth, 4 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Add wontons one at a time; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until wontons are just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in scallions, vinegar, and sesame oil; season with salt. Serve.