As most people know, Wonton originated from China and Tom Yum originated from Thailand. So one day, when I was selecting content for this blog, I thought about combining both of my favourite dishes and here you go, combined delicacies inspired by food from Asia. I am planning to make a clear tom yum wonton soup. And surprisingly, it is easy to make and great in taste.
Tom yum vs Tom kha
Clear Tom yum vs red Tom yum
Tom Yum and Tom Kha are both related to one another. They both have similar or the same ingredients. They both are sour and spicy. They are different in the way they appear and the way they are produced make it less spicy, sweet with the creaminess of coconut.
Tom yum uses the chopped or lightly pounded ingredients, making the soup clear and less spicy. Tom Kha, on the other hand, uses ground ingredients to make the soup spicier and coconut cream is used to make the soup thicker and sweeter.
Wontons or wonton wrapper are the dough skin made of flour, egg, salt and water. And it contains fillings like chicken, seafood, tofu and vegetables. The wontons are prepared in a way to make it healthy by boiling or steaming which incorporates in many Chinese recipes. And some dishes call for deep frying and shallow frying too.
Dumplings vs Pot Stickers
Dumpling is a generic term used to mention the of pieces of dough wrapped around a filling, or of dough with no filling. The dough can be based on bread, flour or potatoes, and may be filled with meat, fish, cheese, vegetables, fruits or sweets.
Dumplings are generally larger in size and are either boiled or pan-fried (although some can be steamed, those are rare). The fillings for dumplings can be meat, seafood and vegetables.
Every dumpling has its own individual name, be it a Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling), Jian jiao (pan-fried dumplings) or Baozi (steamed soft bread bun filled with bbq meat or other fillings).
Potstickers are pan-fried dumplings. The method used to cook the dumplings is very unique which includes “steam-fry”. Yes, This recipe includes both cooking methods. The dumplings are first lightly browned in some oil, water is added to the pan, which is then covered to steam and cook the dumpling filling, then the pan is uncovered to let the water cook-off and the dumplings pan fry until crispy on the outside.
Dim sum is a Cantonese food and refers to small bite-sized dishes that are served in bamboo steamer baskets or on small plates. The dim sum is steamed, baked, or fried and available in a sweet and savory taste. The steamed and fried versions are used in starters and the baked ones are preferred along with tea.
Gyoza is a Japanese dumpling filled with moist and juicy ground meat and vegetables, steamed and pan-fried to crispy golden brown on the bottom. A replica of a potsticker from Chinese cuisine.
Fried wontons are one among the famous and easy to make snack as well as party food. Fried wontons are a Chinese dumpling filled with meat or other savory ingredients. While they are commonly made for wonton soup, the nice and crispy wontons take place as an appetizer or starter in the restaurant menu.
A version of fried wontons filled with cream cheese and crab filling is called crab rangoon.
Common wonton filling includes meat, poultry, seafood, tofu, and vegetables like mushrooms, water chestnuts, chopped up Asian greens, and even carrots.
How to make wonton
The generic ingredients to make wonton include flour, egg, salt, and water. But I used store-bought wonton wraps which are easily available in supermarkets. If you have time and interest to try you can give it a try.
Folding wonton is a good time-pass and creative activity to try on. Be it a bonnet, diamond, scrunch, ravioli, samosa, envelope, ingot, folding arm, or pointed star; there are many folding styles to try and cherish!
Wonton gluten free vs whole meal
If you are worried about the gluten that lies on the wheat you have options to choose gluten-free in the supermarket. If you are health conscious and want to include fiber then comes the wholemeal version. So enjoy the wontons wholeheartedly.
What do we need to make a clear tom yum wonton soup
I am using minced chicken, ginger, green onions, and soy sauce to make the filling for the wonton. If you didn’t get minced chicken then use a food processor/blender to make the chicken into tiny chunks.
Along with mushrooms and onion, I am adding Asian herbs (galangal, lemongrass, bird’s eye chili, kaffir lime leaves, and cilantro). Try not to miss any of the ingredients mentioned for the soup as they are the soul of the soup. You may not get the expected result if you miss any ingredients listed for soup. And lime/lemon juice and fish sauce are the main ingredients that give the exact aroma and taste to the soup.
Fusion recipes to try
Spaghetti kaprao– A basil chicken recipe served with spaghetti to make it healthier and versatile.
Boba custard pudding– A steamed custard pudding topped with sweet boba(bubble tea) pearls.
Sweet milk wonton– A sweet recipe with filled wonton in a sweet milk sauce.
Stuffed squid fried rice-A broccoli fried rice filled inside the squid/calamari.
Easy to make homemade clear tom yum wonton soup
For tomyum soup
- 5 Thai red chilli
- 2 Lemongrass
- 1 Sliced white/yellow onion
- 2 inches Galangal
- 5 Kaffir lime leaves
- 6 Button mushroom
- Lime juice from 2 limes
- 3 tbsp Fish sauce
- 6 cups Water
- 3 tbsp Cilantro
- 250 gm Minced chicken
- 1 tbsp Minced ginger
- 2 Spring onion/green onion
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- 200 gm Wonton wraps
- In a bowl, mix the chicken, ginger, green onion and soy sauce. Based on the strength of the soy sauce, add salt if required.
- Dab at the corners and sides of the wonton wraps with water. Then, fill the center of the wrap with the chicken mixture (the quantity depends on the size of the wrap) and fold them into various shapes. For this step, let your imagination come into play. I have tried some shapes.
- Boil some water. Put the wontons in it. When the wontons come to the surface of the water, it's cooked. If left for long time, the wontons will become soggy.Bring the water to boil. Add the ingredients mentioned for Tom Yum except lime juice and fish sauce. When the strong fragrance comes from the soup, add fish sauce.
- Add lime juice after turning off the stove to get a clear soup. If the soup is boiling hot when adding the lime juice,the soup will end up cloudy.
Few Thai recipes
Hibiscus juice– A juice recipe made using fresh hibiscus flower. A refreshing thirst quencher to serve in hot days.
Tom yum fried rice-An authentic Thai fried rice made using freshly ground Tom yum paste. A prawn fried rice to try.
Red ruby milk pudding– A Thai red ruby is converted in to a low fat pudding to relish.
Thai-style steamed fish– A Thai-style steamed fish with Asian herbs and condiments to enrich the dish.
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