A combination of shrimp and pork gives this wonton soup a delicate flavor. Served with fried shallot garnish. I provided instructions to prepare this soup using both canned and from scratched broths.
Hello dear readers! I am starting today's blog post with a confession. What is that saying...never admit you made a mistake in the kitchen? Well, I am afraid that I will have to fess up because the evidence is staring at you in the face, or rather, the lack of evidence is staring at you in the face. What I mean is I forgot to use an ingredient in the batch of soup you see here. It wasn't until I started to post the pictures for this recipe that realized I forgot to make the fried shallot garnish! It's supposed to be sitting on top of the soup. Booo hooo...I really wanted you to see them!!
I love the slight nuttiness and sweetness the shallots impart. They take practically no time to make. All it takes is a couple of thinly sliced shallots. Toss them in some hot oil and BAM! you got yourself a tasty little topper. Please don't forget to make them like I did if you decide to try this soup.
I have made the stock using two different methods: by adding embellishments to canned chicken broth and by making from-scratch using pork bones and shrimp shells. Both are equally delicious but slightly different. The former is quicker to make while the latter takes longer. I find that canned broths vary in clarity and can be muddied in color. For this soup, I prefer a clear broth. The stock in theses pictures, as you can see, is clear and therefore is the homemade version. It requires a little bit of TLC, cooking at a gentle simmer...undisturbed. The surface needs to be skimmed to rid of impurities, and the finished stock requires straining. But the result is a delicate, tasty, and clear stock. It is worth the effort if you want to put in the time as it allows you to customize the flavor to complement the stuffed wontons, and all of the ingredients used are fresh. I have provided instructions for making both versions below.
In parting, I hope you all have a great week! If you celebrate Halloween, then Happy Halloween week to you! If you don't observe the holiday, then I wish you a happy Friday in advance! Good luck avoiding all of the Elsas, minions, princesses, witches, and Spidermen out there. I will probably see all of them as I get around 300 visitors every Halloween! See you next time...
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