Saturday, August 20, 2011

Simple Wonton Noodle Soup

For the most part, Saturday market time is Me Time. C is out mountain biking in, oh, some mountain somewhere. Little C is asleep or playing with the nanny. Weekend activities have yet to start, or even be planned. It’s a quiet pocket of morning that is all mine. Going over the fresh produce, seeing the new offerings from our local farms, chatting with the purveyors, (tasting all the free samples!), finding something to take home for breakfast.

I walk to my neighborhood weekend market with my bags in tow. If it looks like rain I take my battered umbrella (a fake-y Barca one we had to procure on our honeymoon during a rainy jaunt to Cadaques). The walk in itself is a time for reflection (and probably the only exercise I get every week…I know, don’t even say it). A gentle reminder to be grateful for the blessings in my life, both big and small – my family, a market that is a short walk away, coffee, hot showers & cold sheets, warm soup on a rainy night.

And all the artisans and experts, the zealous and new, along with the experienced though still as fervent, that cross my path. One of my favorites is a pair of Chinese ladies who make and sell homemade dim sum and noodles. They man a small table brimming with siomai, wontons, kikiam, fresh noodles, lobster balls, XO sauce, and all sorts of things I want to make off with. The dim sum is frozen so you can keep some stored away in the freezer for emergency wonton noodle soup.

Simple Wonton Noodle Soup
  • 120 grams egg noodles
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 10-12 pcs wonton
  • 1-2 bunches bok choy, trimmed and leaves separated
  • 1 bunch enoki mushrooms, bottom trimmed and separated
  • A splash or 2 of soy sauce
  • 6 stalks green onion, sliced on the diagonal
- Cook the egg noodles as per package directions and set aside.
- Place stock, ginger, and onion in a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the onion is soft.
- Add the wontons into the pot and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add bok choy and mushrooms and simmer a further 5-10 minutes or until everything is cooked.
- Add a splash or two of soy sauce to taste. Take the pot of the heat.
- Pile noodles in individual bowls. Pour soup over the noodles making sure each serving gets some vegetables and wontons. Garnish each serving with sliced green onions.

This soup hits the spot on a rainy night after a tough day of work when you both want something homespun and nourishing, but at the same time don’t have the energy to prepare anything too involved. It’s all a matter of getting your noodles done, and, at the same time, putting everything in another pot to cook. We like it with some chili oil or chili-garlic oil (the type you have with siomai) drizzled on top. The volumes are far from specific as you can add as little or as much as you want (or you have). Switch the enoki with shitake or add more fresh herbs to garnish -- you can get as fancy or as bare-bones as you want with this. This version, as the title implies, is very basic...great as is but also good to build on. Until I finally attempt making my own wontons, my two ladies have got me covered. Recipe suggestions are very welcome though!

I am a big believer of Me Time for all people (young, old, male, female, married, single). Whether it’s solo market meandering, an afternoon at the spa, holing up in a museum or a bookstore, or hunting down the perfect stiletto, I think it’s important that every person finds time just for themselves. Humans need to nurture themselves to be better to other humble opinion :)


Stepford Mum said...

Love! I must get some of these wontons. And Me Time is definitely a necessity to keeping one's sanity. I hope to see you soon!!

sydneylyn said...

Wow! It looks so yummy and easy to prepare! :) Such a great comfort food for the weekends! :D

chef_d said...

Oh I'm so jealous, you live within walking distance to a weekend market? I have to brave edsa to get to one! Love your recipe for the noodle soup, the picture is making me crave for one right now, it looks so delicious!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Oh those wontons look so so good! Even better than the one's I've had in Hong kong!

Tracey @Veggies, Cake and Cocktails said...

Yum! This soup sounds so good! I would need to leave the mushrooms out but everything else sounds delicious! Soup is great - for some reason it always makes me feel good :)

Mieke Zamora-Mackay said...

I absolutely love this dish. I guess it's because of our ties to HK that these noodle soups is at the top of my comfort food list.

I make this all the time at home and it definitely hits the spot when the chill of fall and winter comes rolling in.

Lula said...

looks delish!

Martine | said...

A true HK-bred girl like me often craves for wonton soup on a rainy night like this! I'm gonna whip me up some of this tomorrow after my grocery run.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Iyor! They have other things as well, like siomai and homemade noodles! :) See you soon!

Hi Sydneylyn! It's very easy to throw together...hope you can try it :)

Hi Chef D! I am counting my blessing on the market for sure! :)

Hi Brittany! I blush! Thank you :)

Hi Tracey! Soup always makes me feel good too :)

Hi Mieke! HK! That's where we first met :) I agree, this truly is a comfort, especially when it is cold or rainy out!

Thanks Lula :)

Hi Martine! Didn’t know you lived in HK! Hope you enjoyed the soup!

Midge said...

I'd love to run over to the Salcedo Market this weekend to sample those dumplings for myself, but alas, I'll be in QC! Still, that soup looks incredibly delish.

Arlu said...

Hey Joey! Totally agree with you on the ME TIME... It's a healthy practice. As they say, "You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with." :)

Cheers, too, to classic comfort food! Wonton soup ALWAYS hits the spot for me. Just like chicken noodle soup and arroz caldo... Enjoy the long weekend!

Noos Sara said...

very nice noodle! :) Thanks for sharing! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! They are there every Saturday and have lots of nice things :)

Hi Arlu! That is so true! That was a great lesson I learned when I was working out of the country and had to spend a lot of time alone :) Arroz caldo is another one of my favorites…so healing!

Hi Noos Sara! Thank you for visiting! :)

Shark said...

Totally agree with the "me" time! With Good Food, home massages, watching nice movies/plays, cool music, a good book,etc-such bliss!

I like using flat white noodles from miensann ;)

Just found about yourblog this mrng. Quite intersting ,informative and light ;) keepitup

Kelly Senyei said...

I am so happy I found your blog - and this recipe! I've been looking for a quick-fix wonton soup and this will fit the bill! Thank you for the inspiration!

randie said...

When I don't feel well I always skip the chicken noodle and go straight for the wonton soup. Thanks for the ideas!

Ying &Yang Living said...

This looks delish! Can't wait to make us some!

Chef Jeff said...

Time for Simple Wonton Noodle Soup for breakfast.

Great site. Thanks for sharing your delicious food with us.


easy recipes said...

Comfort food chinese style! Mmmmhhhmm! I have similar ingredients in the pantry right now. Will be making this when I stand up. Looks very good and I bet it is.