One of my favorite places to go for Chinese food is PF Chang’s. Their won ton soup is delicious and hubby Tom and I like to order the large bowl which is brought to the table in a very large soup urn for sharing. It’s so flavorful and satisfying. It’s also a favorite of daughter Katy’s. Over the weekend I purchased the ingredients to make some soup but never got around to it. After a long day of shopping for a M.O.B.(mother of the bride) dress and coming home empty handed Katy and I were starving. We decided to try give the soup a try. PF Chang’s probably uses a home made stock and hand made won tons. It was already after 6:00 when we started which, if you know me well, you know I usually eat dinner by 5:30. We are most likely the only family on the West coast that eats dinner so early! My Midwest upbringing with three square meals a day and dinner on the table when dad comes home from work has stuck with me all these years!
We used vegetable stock (Katy has an aversion to chicken broth), frozen mini won tons from Costco, some chicken tenders that I cooked in a skillet while the broth heated up. Some chopped bok choy which is a Chinese cabbage, canned water chestnuts, fresh mushrooms, fresh basil, soy sauce, fresh minced ginger root and a splash of sherry. Shrimp would have been nice too but it was frozen and I wasn’t waiting for it to thaw out but next time we will add shrimp. The end results were not an exact copy of PF Chang’s but that didn’t matter because it was amazing! The only thing I would change is to add shrimp and some green onions to it. It was a lovely combination of flavors and so light and fresh tasting.
These little mini wontons have fabulous flavor. If you can’t find this brand any wonton will do. These were purchased at Costco.
Only 50 calories for 4 wontons – how great is that? If you follow Weight Watchers a serving of 4 mini wontons is only 1 WWPP!
Easy Wonton Soup
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups water
- 18 pieces of mini chicken and cilantro wontons
- 6 ounces cooked chicken breast, cut into chunks (could use shrimp too)
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 1/2 heads bok choy cabbage, roughly chopped (use regular cabbage if you wish)
- 8 ounces canned water chestnuts, sliced, drained
- 2 tablespoons sherry
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2-3 teaspoons fresh ginger peeled and minced
- fresh basil to taste – about half a bunch, torn
- green onion slices for garnish if desired
1. In a large pot bring broth and water to a boil.
2. Toss in all ingredients and turn burner to a simmer, cook for 8-10 minutes or until wontons and vegetables are tender.
Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150.41, Total Fat 1.89g, Saturated Fat 0.36g, Cholesterol 27.85mg, Sodium 999.56mg, Potassium 708.85mg, Total Carbohydrates 19.19g, Fiber 3.98g, Sugar 5.86g, Protein 15.18g WWPP 3
Recipe Source Nutmeg Notebook
Thanks for all the well wishes for hubby Tom. He was under the weather all weekend long and still isn’t feeling all that great. We never did have our holiday BBQ. He wasn’t in the mood for heavy food like ribs. Even though many of you left me encouraging words try grilling the ribs myself, I didn’t have to learn how to use the outdoor grill after-all!
Despite hubby Tom not feeling well this weekend we had a business function to attend that we couldn’t bow out of. It revolved around a huge Chinese meal served family style. The food was a sensory delight! It looked fabulous, smelled amazing and tasted incredible! What more could you want? I asked my lovely Asian host seated next to me for chopstick lessons and she informed me that she didn’t know how to use them either! What? She said she prefers a fork. We both made an attempt at eating with chop sticks and after laughing at our mishaps her husband found us some forks! I managed to capture photos of most of the food we were served. I don’t even know what some of it was but I tried to taste a little bit of everything. Well except for what we think was tongue – I just couldn’t do that one!
My favorite dish was the Peking Duck with plum sauce. I had it once before years ago but I don’t remember it tasting as good as this one did. M-m-m-m amazing! Everything was delicious and the only item I didn’t get a photo of were dishes of peanuts on the tables to nibble on before they started serving dinner. It was a delightfully fun evening.
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Are you adept with chop sticks?
What time is dinner or supper (depending on where you live) at your house?
I’ve never mastered chop sticks but I do try to eat with them when we are in an Asian establishment. It really slows down my eating! Practice makes perfect right?