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Resolution: Wonton [May. 2nd, 2003|08:29 pm]
New ingredient 6: Wonton
This is part of my New Years Resolution.

This was an experiment with fried wonton wrappers. I used them to make both edible bowls and toppings for a "chinese" chicken salad. (Not the greatest color in the photo, unfortunately.) I actually did this a couple weeks ago and just haven't got around to posting it (lazy rat!).

It was definitely an experiment... It took a few wasted wonton wrappers before I really got the timing right for deep frying them. The bowls were formed by laying a square wonton flat into the oil and then pressing down in the center of it with a metal ladle to create a hemispherical depression. The toppings were just narrow strips of wonton fried up until crispy.

Pound several chicken breasts flat and bake covered until cooked through. Bread in egg, flour, breadcrumbs, and spices. Briefly deep fry until crispy. Slice into strips and put on top of shredded lettuce and cucumber.

Roast one serrano chile, cut lengthwise and remove seeds. Combine in a food processor olive oil, chile, cucumber rind (use a carrot peeler on the cucumber before making slices for the salad), a few capers, salt, pepper, celery seed, and apple cider vinegar. Use a ratio of roughly three parts oil to one part vinegar for a tangy french-style dressing.

Overall, not the greatest of my experiments so far. The wontons were okay, perhaps a bit overdone. The salad dressing was kind of interesting, but the salad was too plain which resulting in the whole dish being a bit underwhelming.

[User Picture]From: branded93
2003-05-03 08:09 am (UTC)
i thought that salad was awesome!!! usually i put way too much dressing on, it was actually a refreshing change to be able to taste the salad. :-) and i loved the edible bowl!!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-05-03 11:31 am (UTC)
Okay... Well, that's good to hear. Maybe it wasn't as bad as I thought. But the salad needed something more; it was still just a bit too plain. Decent dressing, though, and I agree on the no-smothering-the-lettuce bit.
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[User Picture]From: branded93
2003-05-03 03:47 pm (UTC)


i can't quite remember... but maybe some shredded carrotts for color? or shredded cheese?
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