Frozen Soup Dumplings and Irresponsible Wonton Soup (Make Ahead Monday)
Clear, fragrant, and ever-so-slightly garlicky broth with soft, pillowy ginger scallion pork dumplings and matchsticked carrots poured over thinly sliced scallions is a recipe for pleasing everyone in our home and is certain to please you and yours, too. Make a big batch of the soup dumplings (double, triple, shoot for the moon!) to keep on hand in the freezer for busy nights and last minute cravings.
Frozen Soup Dumpling Ingredients:
- 1 package wonton wrappers about 48 3-inch square wrappers
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- a 2" piece of fresh ginger peeled and grated or very finely minced
- 6 scallions finely minced
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 2 tablespoons dry sherry or rice wine
- 1 egg beaten
Additional Ingredients to Make One Serving of Soup:
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 cups chicken stock or broth
- 7 frozen soup dumplings
- 1/2 of a small carrot cut into matchsticks
- 1 clove of garlic peeled but whole
- 1 scallion thinly sliced, green and white parts separated.
Optional For Serving With Soup:
- fish sauce or soy sauce
- chili garlic sauce or Sriracha
- fried chow mein or wonton noodles
To Make and Freeze Dumplings:
Line a large platter or baking sheet with parchment paper or plastic wrap and set aside.
Add the pork, fish sauce, ginger, scallions, corn starch and sherry or rice wine to a mixing bowl and stir together vigorously until it is evenly combined.
Lay out four wonton wrappers at a time on a cutting board or clean work surface and brush the entire top surface with beaten egg. (This keeps the dumplings from popping open while simmering in the soup.) Scoop a scant teaspoon of the meat mixture into the center of the wonton wrapper. Gather up the edges around the filling, pinch together and give a gentle twist to seal. They will resemble a beggar's purse or little head of garlic or onion. Place each dumpling on the prepared platter with enough room between them so they do not touch. Repeat with remaining meat and wonton wrappers.
When you have completed the dumplings, cover with plastic wrap and lay the platter or pan in the freezer. When they are fully frozen, transfer the dumplings to a resealable plastic bag, gently squeeze the air from the bag and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
To Prepare the Irresponsible Wonton Soup:
Drizzle the bottom of a heavy-bottomed saucepan with sesame oil and place the frozen dumplings flat side down on top of the oil. Place the garlic clove alongside the dumplings and scatter the matchsticked carrots and the whites of the scallion over the top of the dumplings.
Add one cup of stock and turn the heat to medium high. The stock will only come partway up the dumplings.
Bring the stock to a full boil. then add another cup of the stock. When that reaches a full boil, add the final cup of stock and bring once again to a boil. Allow it to boil fully for 5 minutes.
Add the thinly sliced green parts of the scallions to a serving bowl. Use a deep spoon to transfer the dumplings and carrots to the bowl and then pour the hot broth over top.
If desired, you can serve with a splash of fish sauce or soy sauce, a dollop of chili garlic sauce or Sriracha and a handful of fried chow mein or wonton noodles.