Last week we "hit the wall"...... The Missus and I were going over our favorite restaurants one by one, and really didn't feel like eating at any of them. Truth was, we really didn't want to eat out at all. It seems that "restaurant fatigue" had set in. Those moments of indecision, really disguise the fact that you really want to just stay at home and cook something. But what?
Then the Missus suggested Won Ton Soup. So we made a quick trip to 99 Ranch Market, and picked up some Shrimp, Bok Choy, Won Ton Wrappers, Egg Noodles, and somehow the Missus talked one of the "Guys" in the meat department into grinding some fresh pork loin. Amazing!
When we arrived home, I got about 8 cups of chicken stock going, and seasoned to taste, with soy sauce, the white parts of green onion, salt, white pepper, Tsao Tsing, and Fried Garlic:
I also got two pots of water going; a small pot, and a larger pot for the egg noodles. In our household we divide up the labor when it comes to dumplings and won tons. I do the prep, the Missus folds the Won Tons, and I do the cooking. This works out best for us.
Here's the "broad outline" of the recipe for the Won Tons:
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb shrimp, shelled, deveined, and chopped
4 pieces dried black fungus(cloud ears) cleaned, soaked, and chopped into fine strips
3 pieces shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 bunches green onion chopped
2 Tb Shao Tsing
3-4 Tb Soy Sauce
2 tsp salt
white pepper to taste
2 tsp cornstarch dissolved with 2 tsp water
1. Combine filling ingredients, use egg to "bind" mixture.
2. Create "test" Won Ton, place into small pot of simmering water, cook, and check flavoring.
3. Place filling into won ton wrappers, and fold; sealing with water and cornstarch mixture.
4. Cook desired Won Tons, and freeze the remainder. Makes about 75 Won Tons.
We made "One Ton of Won Ton" Egg Noodle Soup:
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