Chinese Won-Tons-And the Rest of the Story

Dad Tell Me a Story
As a child one of my favorite memories was listening to my dad tell stories of his youth and adventures before he married my mom. When he was in his early twenties he went on a 3 year mission to Hong Kong and Taiwan. I felt like I had lived there myself after he would describe in vivid detail how he lived and loved the Chinese people.

My dad told of adventures like how someone stole one of the missionaries bikes. On another day they were riding down the street with many people riding bikes when my dad and another missionary were riding right next to a man riding the stolen bike. So they each grabbed the handle bars on each side and forced him to give up the bike that was theirs.

One thing my dad loves is eating Chinese food. Being the fourth of ten children it made sense to feed the family lots of food from the Orient. There were times when the budget was tight when we ate rice 5-7 days a week. I remember my 8th grade history teacher was talking about China when he said “can you imagine eating rice every day” I raised my hand and said ‘I do eat rice everyday and love It.” One of my favorite dishes is Chinese Won-Tons.

Chinese Won-Tons
1/2 lb. Hamburger
1 Onion
1 tsp garlic
1 Small head of cabbage
1 15oz can bean sprouts
1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1 Drop  ginger essential oil
1/4 tsp Cheyenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 package Won Ton wrappers
2-3 cups vegetable oil

Brown hamburger, drain grease then add onion and garlic. Chop up cabbage and and add with bean sprouts save juice. Next put Soy Sauce, cornstarch ginger essential oil and bean sprout juice in separate container, mix together then add to cabbage mixture. Then add cheyenne pepper and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes. Now take mixture and put in Won Ton wrappers. Make cornstarch and water mixture that will be glue for the wrappers. This will be 2 Tbsp cornstarch to approximately 2 Tbsp water. Finally fry Won Tons in hot grease until golden brown. Save in warm 200 degree oven until ready to serve. This dish is great with rice.

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