Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kulinarya Cooking Club February Aphrodisiac Challenge: Wontons with Spicy Soy-Sesame Sauce




In honor of Valentine's Day, the Kulinarya Cooking Club was challenged by KCC member Pia to make a Filipino dish with an aphrodisiac. 

My response is a variation on Pancit Molo, which is essentially Filipino wonton soup.  In this case, I simmered pre-made Chinese wontons in chicken broth infused with grated GINGER -- ding! ding! the love ingredient -- for ten minutes. When cooked, I transferred them to a bowl with just a little of the broth, spooned a little spicy soy mixture over them, and served them with minced scallions.  Wet, hot, slippery, and stimulating on the tongue ... do I need to say more?

[I am blushing after I wrote that.  We Catholic school girls normally don't talk this way!]

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Quick Wontons with Spicy Soy-Sesame Sauce

Premade wontons (as many as you want)
Chicken stock
Fresh ginger
Soy mix: 2 tbs. soy sauce, 1 tbs. rice vinegar, 1 tbs. sugar, dash of spicy sesame oil or to taste

Bring chicken stock to a boil -- you should have enough stock that the wontons can simmer freely and not be too crowded.  Take a knob of ginger, cut the end off and shave off some of the outer skin near the end, maybe 1/4-1/2 an inch.  Using a grater (I use a Microplane), grate some ginger into the broth.  How much?  This is up to you.  Grate the ginger several times, up and down, up and down, and up and down, and then tap the grater on the edge of the sauce pan, to drop the grated ginger into the pan.  Do that one more time.  Taste the broth.  If you want more ginger, grate some more in.

Add the wontons, and when the broth comes up to a boil, turn down the heat until it's at a gentle simmer so that the wontons don't break apart.  Follow the directions on the wonton package and cook them until they're done.

While the wontons are cooking, mix your dumpling sauce out of the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and spicy sesame oil.

Using a slotted spoon, put the wontons in a bowl or on a plate with curved sides.  Spoon some chicken broth over the wontons.  Spoon some dumpling sauce over the wontons.  Sprinkle with some minced scallions.

Serve to the object of your desire.  Happy Valentine's Day!





22 comments:

Trissa said...

Hi Ninette! Love The idea of a Ginger broth! Pancit molo is one of my all time favorite comfort foods and your broth sounds like it could be a favorite too!

cusinera said...

Ninette=) That looks really good...and I love your description, hehehehehe!

Trisha said...

Hahaha I love it! Wet, hot, slippery.... belated happy valentine's day! This theme is spot on!!!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm I love the slippery texture of wontons. These look fantastic and, like Trissa, I think the ginger broth is inspired!

La Table De Nana said...

You have been cooking up a storm:) I too love the ginger broth idea..thank you.

eatmarvin said...

Hi Ninette! Nice Wontons! Interesting intro. :) Looks tasty, but I'd probably have them with noodles. Yum!

SARAPLICIOUS! said...

They look so tasty!

Tita Flips said...

I just want to curl up on a sofa, watch TV and have this soup right now. Love it!

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never thought about wontons being a sensual food. I'll never look at them the same.

TaGa_Luto said...

Hi, Ninette! Ha!ha!ha! you're hilarious. Thanks for the laugh=;) Love your description w/ your dish. Creative!! i can slurp this especially w/ this cold weather=;). Thanks for sharing!

wok with ray said...

Those wontons look very delicious. My mouth is getting watery right now as I write this comment. My goodness, well done!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I love wontons! Love the sauce you have prepared. Must try soon.

peachkins said...

wet, hot and slippery??? I'm in on those wontons!....

Jen said...

I didn't know that molo's an aphrodisiac! I'll see it differently from now on ;-) well done!

oggi said...

I love your sensual description of pancit molo.:D

The soup looks delicious.

Olive said...

beautiful wonton, you made it sound really sexy too, makes me want to make some later.. :)

Reel and Grill said...

wow, i love wonton, it sure looks delicious, a must try, thanks...

chef_d said...

LOL at your description of the wonton soup! Your picture looks so drool-worthy! Great job!

Skip to Malou said...

what a great idea for infusing ginger on the broth. for some reason, I couldn't think of anything for this month's cooking challenge... i guess i need to hone up my skills on the "aphrodisiac" avenue haha.

I will never look at wanton noodles the same way... i will be in the wet-hot-slippery mindset when I eat them haha... great job ninnette!

Kevin said...

Those wontons look good!

Greek Newcastle said...

Yummy! I love wontons and will definitely try out your recipe in the next few days!

Zumba Instructor said...

Thanks - you just got me hungry at late night :D
Well, I suppose I could have a little treat, tomorrow's zumba will help in loosing the guilt :)