Friday, September 11, 2009

Wantan Noodles

Just prepared this for lunch. One of my favourite hawker food since young.

Dry Wantan Noodles with Char Siew & Fried Wantan

Wantan Soup

Ingredients for Basic Wantan:
(Makes about 40 to 50 wantans)
200g of minced pork
wantan skin
3-5 pcs of water chestnuts, chopped (this gives the wantan the crunch)
1 stalk of corriander leaves, chopped
(Optional, prawns (cut into pieces) & chopped carrots)
Seasoning: 1 tbsp of light soya sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, dash of pepper

1) Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
2) Taste Test: Add additional seasoning if necessary.
(Boil a small pot of water. Wrap a wantan, cook it & eat it.)
3) Wrap up all the wantan the way you like.
Prepare a small dish of water to help "glue up".

For Deep Fried Wantan:
1) Heat up oil for deep frying.
2) Deep fry wantan till its golden brown.
3) Drain and remove excess oil of kitchen paper.
4) Keep in oven with low heat to keep it hot & crispy till ready to serve.
5) Serve hot with dipping sauce (eg, ketcup or chilli sauce)

For Wantan Soup:
1) Prepare stock for soup. Cook suitable leafy green vegetables (eg. caixin or xiao bai cai)
( I'm a lazy cook so I just used a Korr Ikan Bilis Cube with a litre of water for my soup base)
Do not overcook vegetables. Turn off the flame.
2) Boil another pot of water & cook the wantan till they float & the colour of wantan skin lightens to very pale yellow.
3) Scoop the cooked wantan into the prepared soup.
* The reason for using a separate pot to cook the wantan is to remove the extra flour/starch on the wantan skin. This will keep the final wantan soup clear & tastier.

For Dried Noodles:
(Serves 2)
200g of wantan/ cantanese noodles
2 tbps Maggie tomatoe ketchup
2 tbsp Maggie chilli sauce
1 tbsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp black vinegar
2 tbps water

1) Mix all the ingredients for sauce in a big bowl (enough to mix the noodles in later on).
2) Boil a big pot of water. Loosen up the noodles and cook the noodles for a few minutes. Test if it's cooked by trying a noodle. Do not overcook the noodles else they will become soggy.
3) Sieve up the noodles, shaking off excess water. Mix the noodles well in the big bowl of prepared sauce.
4) Dish up and divide noodles on 2 separate plates. Serve with boiled vegetables, sliced char siew & fried wantan.
5) Serve immediately & enjoy it hot.

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