Thursday, 9 August 2012

FAMILY AFFAIR



As my mother gets on in age, she can no longer manage to cook wonton noodles (云吞面) at home without turning it into a family affair.  Especially when she was eager to get through dinner and washing up early enough to enjoy the National Day Parade on TV.

And no wonder she's busy since a lot of prep work goes into this simple dish.  Nothing short of the best ingredients would do.  It begins with my parents going hand in hand to the wet market for a good slab of 五花肉(which is the shoulder cut of the pig, otherwise known as picnic shoulder), shrimps, water chestnuts, Chinese dried mushrooms and some 左口鱼 (a kind of dried fish that really adds flavour to the filling).  The noodle soup is superb because Mom uses dried fish, dried scallops and 金华火腿 (Chinese air-dried ham) as base.

Mom doesn't believe in buying ready-ground meat, preferring to chop it up in her own kitchen.  The shrimps deveined and split length wise, the water chestnuts and dried mushrooms chopped, the dried fish fried and ground finely. 


I was assigned to form the wontons, a task which I enjoy immensely. 





What a coincidence - Mom took exactly 13 shrimps out of the freezer this morning, cleaned and split lengthwise each into two, and I got exactly 26 wontons from my 100 grams of wrappers! 

I like 'em big!

Dad proposed that we set up shop to sell these.  "But," he jested, "we simply cannot sell them as large as these or it'd take ages for us to breakeven."

Happy National Day, Singapore!

1 comment:

Tryphena said...

Wow... I feel so hungry after looking at your homemade wonton pictures!! They look so yummy Fun!!