Samurai Soup

March 2009
Samurai Soup

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Handmade dumplings give kids license to play with their food.

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 40 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound baby bok choy, halved lengthwise and crosswise, white and green portions separated
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 40 round wonton wrappers
  • 1 32 ounce container  (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1/4 pound snow peas, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
Directions
  1. In a saucepan of boiling water, cook the white bok choy portions for 1 minute; add the green portions and cook until wilted. Drain, rinse with cold water and squeeze dry; finely chop and transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the pork, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, the oyster sauce, ginger, honey and 1 teaspoon sesame oil.
  2. Arrange 10 wonton wrappers on a work surface and top each with a rounded teaspoon of the pork mixture. Moisten the edges and fold over to form half-moons; press the edges to seal. Working with 1 at a time, bring the tips together and pinch to form 10 bundles; repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth, 1 cup water and the remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce to a boil. Cover; remove from heat.
  4. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the dumplings, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowls. Add the snow peas to the broth, cook for 1 minute, then ladle over the dumplings. Drizzle with a few drops of sesame oil.
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