02 January 2009

Won Ton...Gau Gee...whatever....How To

1 # - 1 1/2# of ground pork, 1 whole egg and pepper...just pepper.

Finely minced: 1/4 medium onion (I ALWAYS cook with sweet onions); 1 Tbl fresh garlic; 1/3 cup each, cilantro and basil. Sliced 1/2 cup green onion.

Funny thing about the cilantro and basil, you may not think that it goes with Chinesey things, but if you've ever wondered what that different flavor in shu mai (pork hash) is - it's Chinese parsley aka cilantro.

1 - 8 oz can whole water chestnuts, grated.

Water chestnuts don't add any type of flavor, just a crispier texture on the inside. It also breaks up the ground pork better, like cabbage in an egg roll.

Add all veggies to the meat. Then add 1/4 cup sesame oil and 3 - 4 Tbl shoyu (this is why I don't add salt...use the shoyu as salt and flavoring). Mix, mix, mix! With your hands of course!

A word on soy sauce. In Hawaii we use Aloha Shoyu, not that Kikkoman crap everyone in the Mainland uses. And yes I do know that Aloha Shoyu is relatively synthetic compared to Kikkoman, but Aloha Shoyu is just the way to go, better flavor.

Sometimes people use Patis instead of the sesame oil, I don't recommend it...fish sauce is not something I would ever recommend.

Because you can't really taste the pork in this state, after it is mixed...smell it. The won ton filling should smell exactly how you think it should taste. At the forefront I like an even blend of sesame oil, basil and cilantro, with just a hint of shoyu (salt), and right at the end the bite of garlic and onion. You should always hone your olfactory skills when cooking!

NOTE: All my measurements for the recipe are approximates...I go by look and smell, not measurements.

1 - package (about 50 - 60 skins) of square won ton wrappers. (I couldn't find square ones at the store, so I used the round ones that you usually use for potstickers - if using round skins, buy double - these hold less pork mixture).

Egg wash - Mix: One large egg and 3/4 cup milk.

Use a regular teaspoon to dollop the pork mixture in the center of the won ton skin. Fold in half and use egg wash to seal them up. Don't be excessive on the egg wash - don't want everything to get sticky.

Place on baking sheet lined with waxed paper. If your kitchen is warm, you should keep this in the freezer. Actually these can be made a couple days in advance and freezed. (I freeze them anyways until I deep fry them.) Make 5 - 10 at a time and add them to the stack in the freezer. If the won ton wrappers get to room temperature, they get sticky and it will be a mess when you try to pull them apart when you fry them...sad and laughable memories.

Fry won ton in canola or vegetable oil. Do not use safflower oil...trust me. The won ton should take 3 - 4 minutes to cook, anything under that the pork won't be cooked. So heat your oil accordingly.

Enjoy with a sauce:

Sweet and Sour
Sweet Chili (my personal favorite)
Hot mustard mixed with Aloha Shoyu
Sweet Sesame: 1/4 cup shoyu; 1 Tbl sesame oil; 1 heaping tsp white sugar; sliced green onion; dash of sesame seed; dash of red pepper flakes - mix... don't expect the sesame oil to mix in...obviously.


Amy said...

Wow you are such a good cook. That looks amazing! Yummy!

Michele said...

You can make some for the baby blessings or is it babies' blessing... anyway, yeah and even better, Jesse will be here to help!


Maren said...

I should try the Aloha soy sauce. My mom lived in Japan for three years, so sorry but I always use Kikkoman. My brother served his mission in the Phillippines, so he has some other flavored soy sauce that just tastes wrong to me. But Aloha Shoyu has a nice ring to it, I'll have to try it.

Ronald & Laura Jones Elia said...

dude this post is so wrong...if your not going to eat them why on earth would I want to read about them! This post is about a level 8 on the evil scale. ;^P