Spicy Wonton and Noodle Soup

Spicy Wonton and Noodle Soup

INGREDIENTS:

Serves two

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 8-10 wontons (homemade are best, but Asian stores, even Costco, have high quality frozen wontons)
  • 1-2 bunches of Lanzhou noodles (or you can make homemade egg noodles)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8-10 dried red chili peppers, chopped
  • 1 tbsp black bean chili paste
  • 1 tsp green Sichuan pepper corns
  • 1 tsp red Sichuan pepper corns
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup black Chinese vinegar
  • 6-8 cups water
  • Handfull or so of Chinese cabbage (bok choy)
  • Sprinkle of sesame oil

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat peanut oil in a wok or pot on high; add the dried red chili peppers and the Sichuan pepper corns; stir fry for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, and green onion; stir fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, and black bean chili paste and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 min.
  5. In the meantime, bring water to a boil and prepare the noodles. When noodles are cooked, distribute into two bowls. (Note: if you are making homemade noodles, then you will need to start that process about one hour in advance. See recipe for noodles.)
  6. Place the wontons into the soup mixture, bring to a boil, and cook as per product instructions.
  7. For the last 2-3 minutes of cooking the wontons, add the bok choy.
  8. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, distribute the wonton and bok choy into the two bowls with the noodles.
  9. Pour the soup through a fine strainer over the noodles, wonton, and bok choy.
  10. Sprinkle with sesame oil and enjoy!