With My Love returning yesterday, I was totally caught by surprise. No marketing was done, no groceries stored at home. Not even rice. So do you think I will start cooking again since my last bento photo entry?
Definitely not of course! But I guess I didn’t have much of a choice when Clemens came back with a family project from school. They are learning about animals now and are being taught that animals like cow, sheep and pig are our source of food. Hence they had to prepare a dish using either mutton, beef or pork as the main ingredient.
So marketing was done on a rush basis this morning and we thought we will prepare Wan Ton Noodles (Mince pork as the star ingredient) for dinner.
Clemens Basking In His Own Glory
Well of course before we prepare the Wan Ton, we have to prepare the soup base.
- Blanch 1 chicken breast bone.
- Wash and rinse 100g ikan bilis (dried anchovies)
- Boil 1.5L of water and combine the above 2 with a few slices of ginger and bring it to a simmer for about 1 hour.
Now comes our STAR, the Wan Ton (very much like the ravioli but chinese-style)!
1. Prepare 500g Mince Pork
2. Add the seasonings (1.5tbs fish sauce, 1tbs oyster sauce, 1tbs sesame oil, a dash of white pepper)
3. Mix in 5 stalks of chop baby chives
4. Mix in shelled, deveined & chopped prawns (I use about 10pcs medium size grey prawns)
5. Mix well.
6. Cover, refrigerate and let it marinate for at least 30mins.
7. When ready to wrap, take it out, add 1tbs corn flour, 1 egg and mix well. (the flour & egg kind of acts as a conditioner to the meat, making the texture smoother)
8. Dust your holding plates or trays with more corn flour
9. Take a pc of wanton wrapper, place 1/2tsp of meat filling in the middle of the wrapper. Form a triangle by folding the bottom tip to the top tip and pressed and seal the filling in the wrapper.
10. Now that the folding is all done, bring 2 liters water to boil. Add wantons and simmer uncovered, stirring gently, for about 4 to 7 minutes until done. (When dumplings float to the top, that usually means they’re done. )
** Since I am doing it with my boys, I will of course choose the easiest style to wrap the wanton- the “Samosa-Style”. But here is a page that shows 8 different way of folding wantons.
Greens: I use shanghai greens for the vegetables. Cut the stems from the leaves and wash them well. Put the stems into boiling water 1st and cook it for about 2 mins. Then add the leaves in and give it a quick stir. Drain and put aside.
Noodles: Bring water to boil. Add noodles and cook until al dente, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the noodles.
BBQ Pork: I cheated on this by buying it home from a roast pork store and slice it.
The last step is to of course assemble the soup, noodles, the greens, the wantons, the slices of BBQ pork together and this is what we got:
Looks as good as the store bought ones but a lot much tastier (or at least that is what the family had told us)
P.S: Initially, I was rather pissed off with the school as this was a really rushed project for us. But end of the day, we did enjoy ourselves very much especially my boys. And mind you, we had prepared the food for our entire family of 10 (grandad, grand mum, aunties, uncle and of course the 4 of us) so please feel free to half the ingredients if you do not have that many people. 🙂