In ancient times wontons actually looked just like dumplings, but from the Tang Dynasty they became distinguished by two different names and their own characteristics. A wonton wrapper is a square shape, while a dumpling wrapper is round. Wonton wrappers are also thinner than dumpling wrappers. The stuffing in wontons can be minced chicken, pork, shrimp, or vegetables.
According to the legend, during the Han Dynasty groups from a nomadic tribe called Xiongnu always harassed the northern frontier and its people. Within the tribe, two brutal leaders were infamous, one named Hun, and the other named Tun, which sounds like the word wonton in Mandarin, huntun.
So people made wontons out of these villains—they minced their meat, wrapped them in wrappers, cooked them and ate them up. What a smart and voodoo way to treat the villains!
But truly if this legend is true, I think the people back then were just really helpless, and wished to have their peaceful lives back. Ok, that was a fun journey back to the Han Dynasty, and now let’s cook our chicken wonton soup!
Chicken Wonton Soup Recipe
24 wonton sheets
For the stuffing:
8 ounces chicken, minced
2 tablespoons Chinese mushrooms, minced
2 tablespoons carrots, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
A pinch white pepper
A dash sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water
For the broth:
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons scallions, minced
Pinch of salt
Pinch of white pepper
½ teaspoon soy sauce
¼ teaspoon sugar
A dash of sesame oil
1. Combine all the ingredients for the stuffing. Mix in a circular motion until everything is blended together perfectly.
2. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of a wonton sheet. Dip your index finger in water and brush a little water on the edges of the wrapper. When the edges are moist, fold the wrapper in half to create a rectangle shape. Fold the sides inward so that they overlap. Wet the portion where the sides meet. Pinch to close and seal.
3. Boil 2 cups of chicken broth, add all the seasonings, then add the wontons and cook for about 5 minutes until they are completely cooked.
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