If Justin can make Wanton, So Can You!
I can be called the To-Order Chef. Name a dish, I research a little, buy ingredients and then I make. Sounds kinda familiar to the typical domestic helper found in many Singaporean homes. Haha. Anyway, mum’s “order” was to make Wanton Soup. And to my distant memory, the only Wanton Soup I have ever made ended up in disaster. (which of course I will not state how it turned out. Yeep!)
Crispy, delicious Wantons. Leaves you begging for more…serious.
Basically, there are 3 important factors when making wantons.
- The broth/ consommé/ clear soup, whatever you want to call it.
- The wanton fillings.
- The cooking of the wantons.
I learnt all of this through my research (yes yes). Most importantly, wanton while a little time consuming to make as a culinary art is actually a very fun process to go through. Somehow, the excitement of folding the little pieces into a delicate shape, while preparing a delicious broth brings out the soul in me. Well, to have fun, you could dance while folding the skins. Just don’t get them mashed up. =)
Let’s head on to the recipe!
- 1 cube chicken stock
- 2 litres water
- 1 onion, chopped
- 15 grams ginger, sliced
- 1 entire garlic, peeled and ready for dumping in the soup.
- 6 prawns, heads removed.
- Boil water in a large pot. Once done, add in all the broth ingredients and leave to boil.
- After 1 hour, taste test the soup and add salt to taste. If ready, leave to simmer and put one side.
- Wanton Fillings
- 250 grams minced meat (pork, chicken, turkey, whatever.)
- 1 tablespoon black sesame oil
- 2 dash of ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 prawns, diced.
- 2 tablespoons cornflour
- 1/4 cup of cold water
- Mix all the wanton fillings ingredients together in a thorough fashion. I prefer using my hands (gets the body into the filling, not literally though), but you could use a spoon.
- 1 pack of wanton skins (please buy them, don’t go troubling yourself by making them from scratch)
Now this is perhaps a little tricky for most Wanton Newbies. It is often asked How Can I Make Presentable Looking Wantons without them appearing like some mashed up pile of innards. Well, hopefully my step by step pictorial guide will be useful in guiding you along the way to make a basic yet beautiful shape. If you are feeling creative, feel free to explore other presentations.
Step 1. Place wanton skin on a dry plate. Take 3/4 (three quarter) teaspoon of Wanton filling and place it at the diagonal bottom.
Step 2. Fold wanton skin halfway upwards forming two triangles.
Step 3. Fold skin upwards again forming a complete triangle. Press sides of filling to release air and keep filling in.
Step 4. Dab the two exposed sides with water. (From point 1 all the way to the tip of the triangle. Similar from point 2 all the way to the tip of the triangle)
Step 5. Lift wanton up, take points 1 and 2 and join them together.
Voila, you got yourself a little golden crown that looks too good to be eaten.
Of course, put them all together and you get a party
- Preparing To Serve
- Boil a separate pot of water. Take prepared wantons and drop them gently inside the water.
- After about 3 minutes when the wantons start floating up, they are ready.
- Use a slotted spoon and place them in a soup bowl.
- Scoop prepared Wanton Broth into the bowl and serve.
If you want to fry them, just heat the oil up and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown on all sides. Serve hot.
Oh yeah, my mum loved the wantons, the fried ones especially. She specifically requested that more be made on Saturday. Ohhhh, the horror! All for an afternoon snack. I am really becoming more like a domestic helper. Well, if that were the case ( in the most professional voice ), the personal butler of my mum.