Homemade Broth : You may prepare this ahead of time or use a broth of your choice.
bony chicken pieces
1 stalk of celery
1 carrot (chopped)
1 onion (chopped)
1 clove of garlic (crushed)
2 bay leaves
¼ tsp thyme
½ tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp of sea salt
Water (enough to cover for boiling)
2 tbsp fish sauce (for later)
1 beef cube (optional)
In a large pot add the bony chicken pieces, vegetables and seasoning then cover with water. Let it boil until everything is falling apart (about 1-2 hours) on SLOW HEAT or use a crockpot if you have one.
While waiting for your broth make the meat mixture and start stuffing your won ton covers as seen in the video. Check your broth once in a while to make sure you are not running out of water.
Skim any foam or fat on the surface if there are some. Set aside and let it cool off. Strain the broth and discard the rest (unless you have some meat to remove from the broth)
Won Ton Stuffing:
1 lb ground chicken
¼ tsp sesame oil
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar
In a bowl put the ground chicken; add the remaining ingredients, mix well & set aside. Get a won ton cover and lay it on a flat surface. Stuff a little with the mixture and seal the edges as seen in the video.
As you are stuffing the wrapper; your working area may get too messy (too watery). Get a paper towel and wipe your surface once in awhile just to keep it dry.
In a large pot bring back the strained broth (I had about 10 cups) and let it boil. Add the fish sauce and the won ton one by one. Let it cook for about 5-6 minutes; they start floating when they’re about done. Season with salt pepper if needed.
As you start adding the won ton; the broth will stop boiling. Make sure that the soup (broth & won ton) is in a rolling boil before turning off the heat just to be sure!
Then let it cool off a bit and this is READY TO SERVE the way it is…
Or go a little bit more like I did…. TOTALLY UP TO YOU!
MAKE A COMPLETE MEAL BY ADDING THE FOLLOWING:
Dried noodles, chopped nappa cabbage, some carrots, green onions, mushrooms, roasted sesame seed, some olive oil just before I serve it.
It doesn’t have to be exactly like mine. Add your own favorite vegies & spices!
If you are not serving all this won ton soup at once; you may remove them from the broth so it doesn’t “swell up” too much. Then whenever you’re ready just add them back to the broth.
Beef/Chicken Cube: I had to add 1 beef cube in my chicken broth to add more flavor to the broth.
I can’t wait for you to make your very own won ton soup!
These won tons are also great Steamed or Fried!