Homemade Goodness – Wantan Noodles (干捞面)

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Wantan noodles, a popular local staple for breakfast or lunch. I used to find it hard to get the right concoction of sauce to make the dried version of wantan noodles. I confess I’ve tried over many times getting the correct taste but alas to no avail. Which explains why I haven’t made the wantan noodles at home as often as I did with pastas.

This time, after studying more than 10 different recipes from various food blogs and youtube videos, I made the sauce to my personal liking (finally!). Taste is a very subjective thing, so this sauce for the noodles that I’ve made might or might not work out well for you, you’ve got to adjust it to your preference.

Here’s what is required to make the dried wantan noodles at home.
Ingredients (for fried wantan)
1 pack of watan skin (I used the square ones)
200gms minced prawn meat
200gms minced pork
1 stalk of spring onion (chopped)
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tsp shao xing wine
a dash of white pepper
Some water for sealing the sides of the wantan skin
a pot of frying oil for frying
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1 bunch of vegetables (either cai xin or baby bok choy)
2 packs (of 2 bundles of fresh wantan noodles)
a pot of boiling water for blanching the vegetables and cooking the noodles
a bowl of cold water for soaking the noodles

Ingredients (for the sauce – per serving)
1/2 tbsp light soya sauce
1/2 tbsp mushroom sauce (you may substitute it with oyster sauce)
1 tbsp sweet dark soya sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp drinking water
*Note: please adjust seasoning to your preference

Recipe for Char Siew (click on this link)

Process
Wantans –
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1) mix the minced prawn and minced pork with the seasoning together and set it aside for wrapping the wantan
2) process of wrapping watch this video (I followed this video to make my wantans)
3) heat up the pot of oil and prepare for frying the wantans (wantans take about 3mins for each side to be cooked, fry till golden brown; do note to use medium low heat to fry the wantans lest they charred on the outside before the inside is cooked)
4) Prepare paper towel on a wire basket, place the cooked wantans into the basket for later use

Noodles –
1) boil a pot of water to blanch the vegetables, set aside
2) mix the seasoning of the sauce well and place it on a plate; set it aside.
3) bring the pot of water to a boil and add the noodles boil it for 2mins; with a slotted spoon lift out the noodles and soak into cold water for a 5-10secs; add the noodles back into the boiling water for a few more seconds. Place the noodles onto the plate with the sauce; give the noodles a light toss till the sauce is fully combined.
4) Assemble the toppings of vegetables, char siew and wantans, serve.
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