Won Ton Soup


Do you ever have one of those meals that you start because those are the ingredients you have in the fridge but end up with something you want to make again and again? This was one of those nights. I had about 1/4lb of top sirloin left over in the freezer from pho one night. I had a jar of pho broth, some extra chicken stock and a few other ingredients. The main idea was, I don’t want to go to the store, how can I stretch 1/4lb of meat to make a meal for 3 people.


I randomly bought some wonton wrappers at the store a few nights before. I had no plans for them, just thought I should have them. Glad I did! I chopped up the steak into cubes and tossed it in the food processor with ginger, garlic, cilantro, soy sauce and a splash of rice vinegar. It smelled AMAZING.

While I was working on that, I put my 4 cups of leftover pho broth plus 2 more cups of chicken stock in a pot on medium with chunks of peeled ginger (about 1-2 inches total) and 3 smashed garlic cloves. That simmered for the whole prep period plus a little more…probably close to an hour.

I filled the wontons and made them into little purses. This is time consuming. It probably took me 15-20 minutes to do 30 wontons. I boiled the wontons about 10 at a time for 4-5 minutes, lifted them gently out of the water with a mesh strainer spoon and put them in a bowl with the broth. A little drizzle of chili oil over the top and you have a perfect dinner.