Wontons For Dinner From Cookery School Cookbook

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Delicious wonton

Delicious wonton

Recently I received a cookbook called ‘Cookery School‘. I was just totally delighted! It has been on TV Channel 4 for the past 9 weeks hosted by Gizzi Erskine and Richard Corrigan. This is the final week. I watched quite a number of shows trying to learn. It’s a very interesting cooking show where there are students learning to cook in the form of a competition. It must be nerve-wrecking. My daughter enjoyed it very much. She always goes, ‘That looks easy. I want to make it.’ But life’s busyness has taken its toll and she hasn’t cooked anything yet!

Cookery School cookbook

Cookery School cookbook

Cooker School (Gizzi and Richard)

Cookery School (Gizzi and Richard)

Cookery School live on TV

Cookery School live on TV

I have always wanted to try some western cooking. Richard makes it look very easy and simple. He goes from a basic dish to intermediate to advance. I thought that’s brilliant and creative. I find this cookbook very useful. It comes with lots of tips and also instructions in pictures. There is a picture for every recipe. This cookbook costs £10 at Costco and Asda. I’m not too sure about other shops. For that price and so much to gain from, I think it’s worth every penny.

How to make ravioli

How to make ravioli

Lately we have been eating a lot of fried rice and fried noodles….perfect comfort food for busy days. Time for a change. I thought of wontons in soup. While browsing through the cookbook, I was drawn to a page on how to make ravioli. That is similar to Chinese wontons or dumplings. It looks very interesting. The dough looks like one that I make noodles except that Richard added oil to it. Here, you need a pasta machine to roll it out thin. Usually I just use a knife to cut the dough to make noodles but this time I had to take out my pasta machine to roll out the dough until it’s very thin. It was fun to make. We had it for dinner and everyone liked it very much.

Here’s the wonton skin recipe:

250g flour
5 eggs (2 whole eggs, 3 yolks)
1T olive oil (if needed)
1/2t salt (optional)

Put everything in a processor and process it well. Remove and knead until smooth. Put it into a plastic bag and leave aside to rest for about 30 minutes.

You can use anything for the filling. If you are not too sure, you can use my dumpling filling. Check it out at Simple, Easy Chinese Dumplings To Make at Home (Part 2)

Good use of pasta machine to make wonton skin

Good use of pasta machine to make wonton skin

Cut the dough into smaller and thinner pieces. Pass them through the pasta machine. Fold  and pass through again. Finally roll out very thin by adjusting the knob of the pasta machine.

Cut out the thin dough into circles

Cut out the thin dough into circles

Wontons ready to be cooked

Wontons ready to be cooked

Use a cookie cutter and cut out the thin pastry into circles. Place one teaspoon of filling into each wonton skin. Wet the edges and fold from one side to the other. It looks like a half moon. This is my lazy way. You can of course make other types of shapes as shown in the cookbook.

Cooking wonton in a pot

Cooking wonton in a pot

Delicious wonton

Delicious wonton

Boil a pot of water. I used chicken soup. When the water comes to a boil, put in the wonton and the vegetables and let it cook for a few minutes. Season to taste and enjoy. It is very delicious.

Flat noodles

Flat noodles

I used half the dough for making wontons and half the dough to make flat noodles or fresh pasta. They are great for frying.

I must say that this recipe for the wonton/ravioli skin is perfect. I would love to try other recipes from this cookbook. Maybe you can get a copy and share with me how you get along with some other recipes. Have fun cooking!

Other wonton recipes that you may be interested in:
Dry Turkey Wantans
Wantans In Turkey Soup

Other recipes on how to make noodles:
Making Hand-pulled Noodles
How To Make Egg Noodles At Home

Quote of the day……

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”

- Roger Bannister

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claire  on April 14th, 2011

Looks good, this is called choe meen in cantonese.. over here, the wanton skin can be bought in shopping malls but of course, homemade ones are always better!

Lyndsey  on April 14th, 2011

They look wonderful, both the wontons and the flat noodles to fry. Looks like the book had good step by step instructions. I’ll have to look for it! I’ll come back and watch a clip of the show…right now we have to do our taxes!

anncoo  on April 14th, 2011

Homemade recipe is the best. The wontons and noodles look very good but a lazy cook like me always goes for the ready made. :)

Ivy  on April 14th, 2011

I made ravioli all the time but didn’t know that they are similar to wontons. I have to google search to see how wontons are filled.

Swathi  on April 14th, 2011

wonton soup looks awesome.

Angie's Recipes  on April 14th, 2011

Mary, those wontons in soup look so deeeeeeeeeliicous!I wonder why my tummy are growling…..

LeQuan  on April 15th, 2011

This first comment is regarding your reply on your last post. Please don’t tie me to the bed frame. I already have problems sleeping. If I wake up at night and can’t go look for food, that would be pure torture. Haha.

In the words of “somebody”, “I want to make this, it looks so easy” haha. I don’t have every kitchen gadget like you though. In fact, I have banned myself from watching infomercials so I don’t buy every kitchen gadget out there. Really though, this looks so easy and delicious too. I love a nice hot bowl of wonton soup. I have a huge pet peeve with wontons though. When I go out to eat and the menu states that it’s shrimp wontons, but when the wontons come out there is pork mixed inside and just a little bit of shrimp. Biggest pet peeve ever of mine because I’m not a big pork fan. I don’t eat pork wontons. I’d use your recipe, but sub with shrimp instead. Not trying to be a snob, but I’ve never liked pork. I’m going to try your recipe some day, but with shrimp. Your blog always makes me so hungry.

Cheah  on April 15th, 2011

I just had these for lunch, bought from a stall not far from my house … mee with wonton no char siew is only 2.80 rgt. That’s why I’ve thought of making my own. Ha! Ha!

Cheah  on April 15th, 2011

Ooops left out the word ‘never’…

somewhere in singapore  on April 15th, 2011

Wanton, i like, i ever try doing it, but my is very fat, keke…

Priya  on April 15th, 2011

Love wonton soups, seriously am hungry now,hope u had a wonderful time..

Suman Singh  on April 15th, 2011

Ooh yum! I love dumplings and these looks light and delicious..

Drick  on April 15th, 2011

these are so good looking and you did so great, always so good to have homemade noodles and I know wontons are too… had to laugh when you pulled out your pasta machine, just how many gadgets and appliances do you have stashed away in that kitchen??

Ananda Rajashekar  on April 15th, 2011

congrats on winning the book the soup looks SO good but heart goes for fresh flat pasta :)

Blackswan  on April 15th, 2011

Congrats on your win, Mary! I love wontons, especially those with prawns. I like deep-fried wontons too but I’m not an expert like u, making your own skins. I usually buy the skin & make my own fillings :)

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redkathy  on April 15th, 2011

Oh Mary I never knew how easy it could be to make homemade wontons. I do have a pasta machine and haven’t used it for a while. Maybe I need to get moving and make these!

Mary  on April 16th, 2011

@claire - We can’t get fresh ones here….only frozen ones. And they are not cheap. Cost about RM7.50 for a small pack! Homemade is definitely better. Can make more and freeze some for later use. Taste superb :D

@Lyndsey - Yes, I love that books give pictorial instructions. It helps learning to cook easier. You can give this one a try…very delicious :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! But if I can get the ready ones here easily, I think I will go that route too :P

@Ivy - Yes, I can’t tell the difference between ravioli and wontons…haha. They just look the same to me except being made in different ways :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D Haha…time to cook to stop the growling :D

@LeQuan - Haha….. never mind, I let you sleep on the lower bunker and tie myself to the upper bunker :D Yes, go for shrimp wontons. I want to make that too…way better than the pork ones….mmm. Need t go and buy some raw prawns. Oh dear, I’m so hungry now thinking of prawn!

@Cheah - You are so lucky there! We don’t have such luck here. So consoling myself that homemade is better :D

@somewhere in singapore - Haha…love your description, Sharon….fat wontons! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! Hope you have a great wekend :D

@Suman Singh - Thanks very much, Suman! :D

@Drick - Haha…staying in a small place like Aberdeen makes me a better cook cos I can’t get fresh ones. Yes, sometimes it takes some good craving to pull out my well hidden kitchen gadgets :D Need lots more crazy cravings to make me go and dig out the loads of well kept kitchen gadgets…haha

@Ananda Rajashekar - Thanks very much, Ananda! :D

@Blackswan - Yes, I love the prawn wontons, too. I need to go and get some prawns soon to make these. Thanks for informing me of the giveaway. Awesome accessories by your 82 year old mom!!! :D

@redkathy - Time to take out your pasta machine and have some fun making wontons! :D

Jeannie  on April 16th, 2011

Long time I didnt have this, now you are reminding me to go get some lol! Too lazy to make my own since wonton is so easily available here:P

Anna Johnston  on April 16th, 2011

Hehee, that’s so cute you wanting to know more of western cookery while I drink up every post you do on Asian cookery. Thanks so much for this one Mary, I love it and plan on having a go at it.

tinytearoom  on April 16th, 2011

wow. those wonton skins look very silky. I love the how-to pictures in the cookbook also. It helps to know what your making should look like.

Jasmine  on April 16th, 2011

WOW! the skin of the wonton look so smooth! look so mouthwatering! (:

Light Delight with TouTou  on April 16th, 2011

I guess home made wonton skin taste much better then those in the super market!! I love wonton for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just so quick and easy!

teresa  on April 16th, 2011

oh i love those yummy wontons in that soup! how delicious!

peteformation  on April 17th, 2011

I love fried ones.

penny aka jeroxie  on April 17th, 2011

making my mouth water looking at it. so yummy.

uncle Lee  on April 17th, 2011

Hi Mary, I have always loved wontons. And yours looks really delicious.
Here there’s a popular wonton restaurant, the wontons the size of golf balls!

You have fun and keep well. Happy cooking!

lena  on April 17th, 2011

they look really good and nicely shaped. I seldom eat wan ton mee but love the wantons especially with big prawns filling!

tigerfish  on April 17th, 2011

The cookbook looks informative with the step-by-step photo guide. Great!

And you really took the time to make the wonton skin from scratch! The results must be so satisfying!

Ginny Hartzler  on April 18th, 2011

Gosh, you have a pasta machine!! These look sooo good!!! But so much time and trouble, I would much rather have someone like you cook them for me and I just eat them!!

Sidney  on April 18th, 2011

Wow….looks wonderful…i cant wait to make a visit to you place…

Divina  on April 18th, 2011

It sounds like a great cookbook. Aside from a Mastone juicer, I also want a past machine. With a dough on hand, you can make any filling. :)

Barbara  on April 18th, 2011

These look marvelous! Sounds like a super cookbook too. I wish I had a pasta machine…..

Juliana  on April 18th, 2011

Mary, homemade wontons and noodles? They both look delicious…nothing like homemade. Have a great week :-)

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on April 19th, 2011

Your homemade wontons look delicious! The weather has turned cold again and i would love a bowl of that warm and delicious soup. I’ve never tried making wonton wrappers or noodles. You make it look easy.

mycookinghut  on April 19th, 2011

Wonderful wonton soup!

sweetlife  on April 19th, 2011

thank you for sharing, I enjoy reading about new cookbook!! your wonton soup look tasty, I love that you used chicken soup instead of water!!


Mary  on April 19th, 2011

@Jeannie - You are so lucky, Jeannie! I think I must count myself lucky too now that I find it easy to make :D

@Anna Johnston - Haha, you make me smile. Anna, we should be neighbours! :D Hope you have fun making wontons.

@tinytearoom - Yes, the wonton skin was perfect. They tasted real good..mmm :D

@Jasmine - Thanks very much, Jasmine! :D Give a try if you have time.

@Light Delight with TouTou - Oh yes, homemade wonton skin is way lot better than the bought ones. I don;t think I would go and buy again. I love wonton, too. Give me a choice, I would eat just like you do :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@peteformation - I have to try that next time :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Time for you to cook…hehe :D

@uncle Lee - Thanks very much, Lee! I can cook a big bowl for you :D haha…I am totally amused to ehar of the golf size wontons! I will try it next time :D

@lena - Ooooh…I must try the prawns wonton. Drooling now :D

@tigerfish - Yes, it was fun to make and fun to eat. Great feeling that I can make my own wonton skin :D

@Ginny Hartzler - Oh yes, the pasta machine works like magic…haha. I thought it fun to make my own wonton skin. Come, I will cook a lot for you :D

@Sidney - Yes, you should really make a trip here. I think you would prefer my food to the real Scottish food of potatoes, sausages, hash browns, eggs, bacon, haggies…… Time to plan your trip :D

@Divina - Wonderful to have you back, Divina! Trust you have a lovely break from work. Hope you get your pasta machine soon. I have to learn to make other types of filling. Next on my list would be prawn filling :D

@Barbara - Yes, hope you get a pasta machine. You can have fun making wontons and also noodles :D

@Juliana - Yes, totally agree with you…nothing like homemade! :D Hope you have a great week, too!

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Thanks very much, Biren! It’s still very cold here, too, in Aberdeen. And you are very right, nothing is better than a bowl of hot soup. May be give a try making your own wonton skin and noodles if you have time. It’s very satisfying :D

@mycookinghut - Thanks very much! :D

@sweetlife - Thanks very much, SweetLife! :D

Joy  on April 20th, 2011

I love love wontons but I never had the guts to make it from scratch. It looks great.

Suzi  on May 6th, 2011

Love those wontons, they look delicious. Am going to try making my own.

Sook  on May 6th, 2011

Oh, I love wonton soup! I am craving it right now! :)

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