Monday, April 5, 2010

Meaty Treaty Wonton Soup

Wonton soup has never held much appeal for me; it just looks bland, plus I was never quite sure what went into wontons. Some kind of meat, but the details seemed hazy to me. I was always more of a hot and sour kind of girl, with all its strips of bean curd and slick, chewy mushrooms. And of course, it almost always has pork in it, too, so I generally just pass on the soup course when we're picking up some Chinese take-away. On those rare occasions that I visit a vegetarian Chinese restaurant, I'm very excited to have some hot and sour soup.

Which is why it seems a bit odd that I've never made it at home, but spent this morning making wontons for tonight's wonton soup. However ... strolling through the frozen food aisle last week, I noticed that Morningstar Farms now makes a "Grillers Turk'y Burger," which also struck me as a bit odd. Vegetarian turkey burger? I kind of thought turkey burgers were already a burger substitute for people that didn't want to eat beef, but hadn't ventured fully into vegetarian territory. Burgers for people who want to feel they make healthful meal choices but who cannot conceive of a meal sans animal protein. Burgers for people who dine at chain restaurants a lot and think this is a good way of watching their cholesterol intake. (Boy, are they going to be surprised when Romano's Macaroni Grill and The Cheesecake Factory start publishing their nutritional information on the menus. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how The Cheesecake Factory fattens up all their food so incredibly much, but their turkey burger has 1373 calories and 32 grams of fat. One turkey burger. What??? But I digress.)

The Grillers Turk'y Burgers screamed "Buy me! Buy me and make me into wonton soup!" I don't know how this happened, but it seemed to click. And home we went.

After thawing a couple in the microwave, I ground them up in the food processor, which gave them a texture much more like pate than veggie crumbles. Into the pate-like turk'y, I added chopped scallions, minced ginger and garlic, and a healthy dose of soy sauce. Using a spoonful of filling per wonton, it made fourteen. So, a little Frontier no-chicken chicken broth, some sesame oil and more scallions, and we have wonton soup.

Unlike myself, the husband is a fan of wonton soup, and he orders it nearly every time we visit a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. I've tried the proffered bite several times, but they tend to be very bland to me. The ginger in the wonton stuffing really made a difference in this case, though. And, the splash of sesame oil contrasted nicely with the ginger; it gave the soup had a rich feel in the mouth that balanced the brightness of the ginger.

I'm still not sure I'm a convert to wonton soup, but I was pretty happy with the Morningstar Turk'y filling. I'm looking forward to lunch, when I'm going to pan-fry the remainder like pot stickers.


  1. Hi from Australia :-)

    I have also recently started foraying into the art of dumpling making; I'm not vego but tend to sub-consciously still seek out vego dishes as I'm not a huge meat eater. I love your veggie dumpling idea and will try to re-create it (as best I can by translating into Aussie ingredients). Personally, I'm a big fan of won ton soup although I agree can be a bit bland; my recommendation is to try with noodles and some pak choy to make it more like a proper meal.


  2. Thanks for the tip - I will try it again, adding noodles and pak choy. That sounds much tastier to me. And I think I'll definitely have to use some sriracha next time, for a bit more of a kick.

    Apparently you and I must both be channeling some sort of global dumpling obsession - in the last few days, I've seen a bunch of articles about them!

  3. Yes I agree - and now many of my friends on facebook (who follow my blog) have been posting up their wonderful dumpling recipes too. I think we have started a revolution (well that's how I choose to see it!)

    PS I agree about the sriracha - when I boiled my last lot, I did it in a broth of vege stock + chilli oil + light soy and it was very flavour-some. :-)

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