Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60
I like won ton with fine diced water chestnut, celery, green onion, carrot. Steam the veggies until tender, meanwhile use about a half pound of cooked ground meat (beef, pork or chicken), mix it into the veggies and wrap with the won ton skins. Start a complimentary broth and simmer the won tons until they float. Stir in a slurry of corn starch and soy sauce, heat until thick. Serve garnished with sesame oil and seed.
Mine are similar but with different ingredients. I use fine diced water chestnut, fine diced bamboo shoots, chopped bean sprouts, diced onion, garlic, and 5-spice powder. The neat is usually cooked and diced chicken white meat.
If I'm making wonton soup, a brown the chicken skin in my soup pot, along with the chicken bones. I then cover in water and let boil for about twenty minutes whiled I'm sauteing the other ingredients. I remove the skin and bones, season with salt, and turn heat to lowest setting, just to keep the covered pot hot.
The wontons are laid flat, a couple at a time, with the edges moistened with egg wash. place a heaping tsp. of filling in the middle. Fold a corner up to cover the filling, and the two adjacent sides to seal the filling inside, leaving the top corner unfolded. Place the wontons into the broth and simmer until the wonton skin is cooked. Thicken with a cornstarch slurry, and top with minced chives.
You can use exactly the same mixture as above, but deep fry the wontons and serve with sweet and sour sauce, or ketchup mixed with Chinese hot mustard powder.
I've even used a bolognese, heavy on the ground beef, and used two won ton skins to make a ravioli. Then boil and serve with sauce.
The fried wontons can be filled with a mixture of cream cheese, minced crab, and a little sugar to make crab rangoons. To fold, simply bring all corners together over the filling, and deep fry.
The filling can be anything you want, from what has already been presented, to minced teriyaki beef, to grilled pork, to ham and pineapple. You can even make desert wontons by filling with fruit pie filling, deep frying, and then dusting with powdered sugar and cinnamon. They are also great baked with sugar and cinnamon.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North