Today’s cook Chicken Wonton Soup 雞餛飩湯! Wontons look a lot like dumplings, and of course both have a specially prepared filling sealed inside a flour-based wrapper. In ancient times wontons actually looked just like dumplings, but from the Tang Dynasty they became distinguished by two different names and their own characteristics. A wonton wrapper is a square shape, while a dumpling wrapper is round. Wonton wrappers are also thinner than dumpling wrappers. The stuffing in wontons can be minced chicken, pork, shrimp, or vegetables.
According to legend, during the Han Dynasty groups from a nomadic tribe called Xiongnu always harassed the northern frontier and its people. Within the tribe, two brutal leaders were infamous, one named Hun, and the other named Tun, which sounds like the word wonton in Mandarin, huntun.
So people made wontons out of these villains—they minced their meat, wrapped them in wrappers, cooked them and ate them up. What a smart and voodoo way to treat the villains! But truly if this legend is true, I think the people back then were just really helpless, and wished to have their peaceful lives back. Ok, that was a fun journey back to the Han Dynasty, and now let’s cook our chicken wonton soup! FOR THE FULL RECIPE PLEASE GO TO
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