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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)
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!