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A Reasonable Ratio of Wontons to Broth #MoviesandMunchies

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

I already posted something inspired by watching mummy movies for my Halloween-y event: Flaky Mummy Dogs. I moved from mummies to ghosts...or rather ghostbusters!


After watching The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy (2017), I thought I would do the same for Ghostbusters. I started with the reboot...and I really did try to give Ghostbusters (2016) a chance because I remember liking the original when it came out in 1984...when I was 11. Maybe I was more tolerant of silly back then. But, I just didn't find this film funny and I really don't think it stands on its own. It trades a lot on the first movie. And, honestly, one of the only things that tickled me was seeing the cameos from some of the original cast members. So, I did go back to watch the 1984 version.


Since this is a post for Movies & Munchies, you know I have to watch the film with a foodie eye. I was pleasantly surprised to find many, many food references. I did chuckle at the soup crisis...


Abby (played by Melissa McCarthy): I have one wonton! I have a tub of soup and one split wonton!

Erin (played by Kristen Wiig): I'm sorry you're having a soup crisis.


Abby: There isn't even any meat in there. That's just a carrot.


And Abby's rant continues later: "I’m just looking for a reasonable ratio of wontons to broth. This is absolute madness."


So, here we are. I was determined to make a wonton soup with 'a reasonable ratio of wontons to broth.'


Ingredients

serves 4


Dumplings makes 20 to 24 (that's 5 to 6 per person, a reasonable ratio!)

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste

  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, grated

  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Chinese five-spice

  • 20 to 24 wonton wrappers

  • water, as needed


Soup

  • 6 cup liquid (I used 4 cups chicken broth and 2 cups water)

  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon chili garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • chives for garnish

Procedure

Dumplings In a large mixing bowl, place all of the ingredients - up to the Chinese five-spice. Using your hands, blend all of the ingredients together until well-combined. Let stand for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors mend. In the meantime, set up your workstation for making the dumplings.

Place a wonton wrapper flat and spoon 1-1/2 teaspoon of filling into the center. Dip your finger into the water and moisten the edge of the wrapper. Fold wonton in half diagonally to create a triangle. Press the edges gently to seal. Then, bring the two lower corners together and press to seal. Repeat until all of the wrappers are filled.

Soup Bring all soup ingredients to a boil in a souppot. Reduce heat to a simmer and let the soup cook until the wontons are ready. In another pot, preferably one with a built-in colander, bring water to boil for cooking the wontons. Lower the wontons into the water and cook for 10 minutes. Do this in batches, depending on the size of your pot.

Once the wontons are cooked, drop them into the soup broth. To serve, place four or five wontons into an individual serving bowl. Ladle broth over the wontons. Garnish with snipped chives. Serve immediately.


What Halloween-y flick(s) should I watch next?!

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