Happy Sunday everyone! Let’s make a hot wonton soup noodle completely homemade with ingredients easy to gather in the city. Before making this, I thought wonton noodles were something you had to order outside, or could only be cooked at home using those instant noodle packs, because it looks very complicated to make. (Trust me, even my friend from Hong Kong was very surprised this could be cooked homemade…!) However, if you have the time to prepare beforehand, it would be an easy dish to make even on a regular working day, without much hassle. And the point is that it is HOMEMADE! It’s far more delicious than you could imagine! Let’s look into it in depth!

What is a “wonton”?

A wonton is a type of Chinese dumplings usually in hot soups. Inside the wontons are minced pork and vegetables such as spring onions. The skin of the wontons are far more thinner than the regular dumplings. Therefore, they match so well with the Chinese clear soups. In Japan, if you go to the meat section of the supermarket, you could easily spot skins for dumplings & wontons. While dumplings have round circle shaped skins, wontons have a square shaped skin, so make sure you pick the right one!

How do you make wontons?

First, you need to make the fillings. Mix the minced pork, salt & pepper, and minced vegetables of your choice. Recommended vegetables are spring onions or leeks (regular onions will work if you can’t get access to them). For our homemade wontons, we put edamame beans, which are green beans slightly larger than the green peas, and have a slight sweet taste to it. I have never eaten edamame wontons outside of our house, so I think it may be a unique ingredient to fill the wontons with, but I want to recommend this to everyone to try! You can easily find edamame beans in Japanese local supermarkets during the summer, but we use the frozen edamames sold anytime during the year. It’s convenient since it doesn’t get bad, and you can use little by little by just taking out the portion you need. In order to unfreeze them, just place them in warm tap water.

Once you finish making the filling, the next step is to wrap them up! Before you start, prepare a cup or a bowl of water, which will act as a glue to stick the skins together. Place the wonton skin on your left hand and with your right finger, put water on the 4 sides of the squared skin. In the middle of the wonton skin, place about 1 tsp full of fillings and stick the sides together to form a triangle shape. If the sides are not sticking, add a little more water on the sides and compress. Once you start doing this, you’ll soon get a hang of it and it’ll be fun:) I usually over fill the first 1-2, and they tend to explode when you boil, so try to stick with 1 scoop of a tsp to be on the safe side.

Why this is a great recipe for full time workers

Up to the point to wrap the wontons, you can conduct as a preparation when you have time. Sho and I work from home during the covid-19 crisis, so we have been cooking homemade lunch every single day since March. On weekdays, we look forward for our homemade lunch, but we make sure the recipes could be cooked within 15-20 minutes. Since we didn’t have any time to wrap wontons for lunch, we made these wontons on Sunday together and saved them in the refrigerator for the next day.

Since homemade wontons are so tasty, I wish I had bought more skin to make dozens more of wontons, and stock them in the freezer! That’s another tip to aim for a satisfying comfort lunch, when you are working from home.

The next steps are extremely simple. Boil the wontons for 3 minutes. In a separate pot, boil the ramen noodles (Chuka-Men or Chinese noodles) for the time indicated in your noodle package, and drain. Then place mentsuyu sauce and sesame oil into a noodle bowl, and add boiling water to dilute the sauce to make your soup. (Make sure to taste it, and take into account the noodle & wonton taste.) Finally, insert the noodles & wontons into the bowl, and serve. To add some twist to it, sprinkle pepper or Ra-yu chili oil. I hope you enjoy your meal!

What kind of noodles should I use?

As indicated above, ramen noodles (or Chuka-Men in Japanese) is fit for this recipe. Since wonton is a Chinese dish, it goes well with the Chinese noodles. However, if you don’t have any stocks at home, I think it will match well with the thin somen noodles too.

Category

Yields2 Servings

 2 Ramen Noodles (Chuka-Men)
Soup
 3 tbsp Mentsuyu Sauce
 1 cup Hot water
 ½ tbsp Sesame Oil
Wonton
 1 Wonton Skin
 100 g Minced Pork
  Spring Onion/Leek (1/4 If you're using onion)
 Salt & Pepper
 10 Edamame

Make Wontons
1

Mince the spring onions or leek.

2

Unfreeze if you're using the frozen edamames in warm water. Take the edamame out of the edamame skin by pushing them out.

3

Mix the minced pork, edamame, and minced onions together, and sprinkle salt & pepper. Your filling is done.

4

Prepare a cup of water for glue to stick the sides of the wonton skin together. With your finger, put water on the 4 sides of the skin. Put about a spoon full of a tea spoon of fillings in the middle of the wonton skin and stick the sides together to form a triangle shape. If the sides don't stick well, add water and compress again.

5

Prepare boiling water in a pot. Boil wontons for 3 minutes and drain.

Cook Noodles
6

In another pot aside from the one cooking wontons, boil water. Cook noodles for the time indicated on the package. Drain.

Make soup
7

In a serving bowl, add the ingredients for the soup and mix well.

Ingredients

 2 Ramen Noodles (Chuka-Men)
Soup
 3 tbsp Mentsuyu Sauce
 1 cup Hot water
 ½ tbsp Sesame Oil
Wonton
 1 Wonton Skin
 100 g Minced Pork
  Spring Onion/Leek (1/4 If you're using onion)
 Salt & Pepper
 10 Edamame

Directions

Make Wontons
1

Mince the spring onions or leek.

2

Unfreeze if you're using the frozen edamames in warm water. Take the edamame out of the edamame skin by pushing them out.

3

Mix the minced pork, edamame, and minced onions together, and sprinkle salt & pepper. Your filling is done.

4

Prepare a cup of water for glue to stick the sides of the wonton skin together. With your finger, put water on the 4 sides of the skin. Put about a spoon full of a tea spoon of fillings in the middle of the wonton skin and stick the sides together to form a triangle shape. If the sides don't stick well, add water and compress again.

5

Prepare boiling water in a pot. Boil wontons for 3 minutes and drain.

Cook Noodles
6

In another pot aside from the one cooking wontons, boil water. Cook noodles for the time indicated on the package. Drain.

Make soup
7

In a serving bowl, add the ingredients for the soup and mix well.

Edamame Wonton Noodles
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