Wantan Mee!
Wantan mee, salty-sweet noodles, fragrant pork wantans, tender greens and addictive pickled chillies.
For the pickled chillies:
  • 4 long red or green chillies (red are prettier and sweeter)
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • rice vinegar (or just regular old white vinegar) to cover
For the wontons:
  • ½ pound (250g) minced pork (free-range or organic if you can!)
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • pinch of white pepper (optional)
  • wonton wrappers (you will need about 20)
For the sauce:
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil (or any other flavourless oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 4 tbsp kecap manis (indonesian sweet soy sauce)
To serve:
  • 14 oz (400g) thin egg noodles (fresh or dried)
  • Your choice of greens
  1. Ideally, make the pickled chillies the day before you want to eat, but they are still delicious if you can only give them an hour or so. To make them, simply slice the chillies into thin rounds, and then mix together with the salt and sugar, and pour over enough vinegar to cover.
  2. Next, make the wantans. Mix together the pork mince, sliced scallions, ginger, soy and white pepper (if you don't have white pepper, just leave it out). Lay out about 20 wonton wrappers on a clean surface, and place a heaped teaspoon of filling into the centre of each one.
  3. To fold the wantans, brush two edges of the wrapper with water. Fold one corner of the wrapper over the filling diagonally to make a triangle. Gently push the air out from around the filling, and press the edges to seal. Now, with the longest edge facing you, bring the two corners together, and press them to seal. The wantan will look like it's hugging itself. They don't have to be perfect - the important thing is that the filling gets sealed in.
  4. To make the sauce, place the oil, and the thin slices of garlic into a small pan. Place over a low heat, and cook until the garlic turns golden brown. Remove the crispy garlic chips and set them aside. Place the now garlic-infused oil into a mixing bowl and add the oyster sauce and kecap manis and mix everything together.
  5. When you're ready to eat, get a big pot of boiling water on the stove. Add the noodles and cook as per the instructions on the packet. Remove the noodles from the boiling water and place them into the mixing bowl with the sauce. Add the wantans and your chosen greens to the boiling water - once they float to the surface, they need about 2 minutes to cook through, but cut one open if you're not sure. When the greens and wantans are ready, toss the noodles with the sauce and divide between four bowls. Top each bowl with some greens, some wantans, a sprinkle of pickled chillies, and some of those crispy garlic chips. Add more pickled chillies as you eat, and ENJOY!
Recipe by The Sugar Hit at http://www.thesugarhit.com/2014/06/wantan-mee-recipe-street-food.html