Wontons are commonly filled with ground pork and prawn, but we've gone for duck to take them up a notch, then backed it up with a fragrant duck soup spiced with anise and seasoned with soy. Rich and plenty warming.
- 600 gm silken tofu, at room temperature, cut into 4 cm cubes
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Chrysanthemum leaves, to serve
- 300 gm duck or chicken bones (see note), coarsely chopped
- 2 litres (8 cups) chicken stock
- 60 ml (¼ cup) Shaoxing wine
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce (or to taste)
- 1 piece cassia bark
- 1 star anise
- 300 gm coarsely minced duck meat (see note)
- 3 tsp finely grated ginger
- 3 tsp finely chopped coriander
- ¾ tsp Chinese five-spice powder
- ½ tsp cornflour
- 2 tsp Shaoxing wine
- 20 wonton wrappers
Fragrant garlic oil
- 150 ml vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp garlic chives
- 1For duck stock, preheat oven to 200°C. Place duck bones on an oven tray and roast until golden (20-30 minutes). Combine bones and chicken stock in a large saucepan, top up with water to just cover bones, bring to the boil, skimming scum from the surface, then reduce heat to low and simmer until stock is very well flavoured (3 hours). Strain through a fine sieve, discarding bones, and measure out 2 litres stock (freeze any remaining stock for another use). Combine stock, Shaoxing, soy sauce and spices in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until broth is well flavoured (15 minutes). Season to taste and keep warm.
- 2Meanwhile, for duck wontons, combine ingredients (except wrappers) in a bowl and season to taste. Working with one wrapper at a time, place 1 heaped tsp filling in the centre, brush edges lightly with water, fold over to form a triangle and press edges to seal. Place on a tray lined with baking paper, cover with a tea towel, and repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
- 3For fragrant garlic oil, heat oil in a small saucepan over medium high heat until shimmering. Add garlic and stir continuously until golden and just crisp (3-4 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Remove oil from heat, cool briefly, then stir through garlic chives.
- 4Cook wontons in a large saucepan of boiling water until cooked through (3-3½ minutes). Drain on a clean tea towel.
- 5Meanwhile, place tofu in warm bowls, top with a few drops of sesame oil, then divide wontons among bowls. Ladle stock into bowls and top with chrysanthemum leaves and fragrant garlic oil to taste.
Ask the butcher for duck bones and minced duck meat.